Preening Pelicans by Bill Morgenstern

Over a hundred white pelicans have recently shown up on the upper Rainy River in my home town of Fort Frances, Ontario. In years past there have been a few but this year they are in large numbers and quite fearless as they fish in the rapids and preen on a big bald rock only 25 meters from shore.

In this image one can easily see the horn-billed males preening and getting fancy for the ladies as breeding season begins.


  • Shelley Heath
    Shelley Heathalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture… love all the different angles the beaks are at preening. Well done

  • Thank you Shelley.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot Bill.

  • Thanks Al!

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • AnnieD
    AnnieDalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful shot…..crisp and clean and bright!

  • Thank you Annie.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 7 years ago

    How wonderful to have so many pelicans and a beautiful image.

  • Thanks Jesika, once I start I can’t stop shooting these guys.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent capture Bill. I was so surprised to find out these birds were in Southern Ontario. Awesome clarity and detail.

  • Thanks Joanne, and these birds are in northwestern Ontario near Lake of the Woods.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsalmost 7 years ago

    Wow this is stunning Bill, fabulous capture!!

  • Thanks so much Kathie!

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 7 years ago

    What a sight! EXCELLENT CAPTURE!

  • Thanks so much Mar. Glad you like this one.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskialmost 7 years ago

    What an eye-catcher… this is a brilliant shot

  • Thank you so much Kathryn.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 7 years ago

    My favourite birds in flight, beautiful capture Bill!!

  • If you love flying, they sure are. Thanks for the comment.

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youalmost 7 years ago

    talk about PICTURE PERFECT Bill….i wish i could have something like this…this is marvelous shot…ofcourse in the land u live in its possible…i know the area i used to fly my own plane into fort francis airport and then go by boat or rent FLOAT PLANE and fly into cottage of the friend he had in the wilderness where bears roam the country…….awsome nature and not touched by humans..i envy u where u live…specialy that i know the area…BRING in more of this wonderous images..

  • Thanks so much for your comments Bianca. I really appreciate them and will post more wildlife images. If you ever come back to Fort Frances please let me know. There are many places for pictures here that I could show you.

    – Bill Morgenstern

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