Exploring the Majestic Beauty of Pelicans Through the Lens of Arthur Morris

Photographing Pelicans, with Arthur Morris

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Photographing Pelicans with Arthur Morris

Photographing wild birds is a thrilling and rewarding experience, and with Arthur Morris, you can make the most of it. Arthur Morris has been photographing birds for over 50 years and leads workshops around the world to share his knowledge and experience with others. He owns and operates the popular bird photography website Birds as Art, which offers instructional articles and resources devoted to bird photography.

Escaping the Ordinary with Nature Photography Morris teaches his students how to take nature and wildlife photography to the next level, with eye-catching shots of pelicans, herons, egrets, and other beautiful birds. Everyday people can learn how to take their everyday snapshots to the next level and capture extraordinary images.

His hands-on workshops provide a great opportunity for those with little knowledge of birds, or of photography, and even those with intermediate photography skills. Students learn the basics of how to use their cameras, camera settings, and lens selection, as well as the technicalities of digital workflow and post-processing. Morris also shares tricks on getting the most from common lighting situations to capture stunning images of birds.

The Magic of Shooting Pelicans

Pelicans are captivating to photograph because of their incredible size and friendly social habits. To photograph them up close, Morris recommends getting a spotting scope or a long telephoto lens, preferably a 300 mm or longer. It is also important to get to know pelicans and their habits, so you can be in the right place at the right time. For instance, very early morning is the optimal time to catch the birds in their most active, and exciting, behaviors.

Pelicans are most often found in big groups in open areas, along lakes and rivers. To get the best shots, be sure to go during a time of day when the light will be optimal for photography. You will also need to be nearby, so make sure to get a good spot before the pelicans arrive. Otherwise, you risk having a cluttered background in your photographs, or worse, not having enough space for a good angle.


For any photographer dedicated to their craft, photographing pelicans with Arthur Morris is a great way to learn the art of bird photography and capture beautiful shots of wildlife. At Morris’s workshops, you will learn fundamental techniques of nature photography and get in-depth tips on how to capture the perfect pelican photo. With Morris as your guide, you will be able to capture stunning images of nature’s most majestic creatures.

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