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Pelicans in the Mist by Greg du Toit
Friday, 1st July 2011

Pelicans in the Mist

by Greg du Toit

I awoke early in the morning to find Lake Nakuru in Kenya, covered in a thick mist. I have been to the lake many times before, but I had never before seen such a beautiful and blue mist. Bouncing along in my decidedly uncomfortable 1976 Nissan Patrol, I desperately wanted to get to the shoreline before the sun rose in order to capture the cold blue mist, which I knew would soon dissipate in the presence of the equatorial rays. The angst and excitement that I was feeling on this particular morning, made the journey to the lakeshore feel extra long! When I however, did finally arrive, I was met with a beautiful and surreal scene. There were Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) preening in the foreground, while the mist and the rift valley wall had blended into a deep blue and white background. Without giving it a second thought, I waded into the flesh-numbing water and crouched on my haunches. I was quite simply mesmerized by the beautiful scene before me and I desperately wanted to translate what I was seeing into my camera. Trying to choose when to trip my shutter proved especially challenging as the grooming pelicans made for a difficult composition? Finally, I spotted a pelican flying towards the flock but from the back. As a wildlife photographer, I knew that this would be the moment I needed to capture! Tracking the bird flying straight towards my camera and through the mist was not an easy task but I was delighted with the final result.
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 80-400mm
Greg du Toit
Greg du Toit is a fine art wildlife photographer whose works are raw and timeless, conveying intimate interactions with the natural world. This intimacy, as a signature theme, has brought him international acclaim whereby he was recently invited to exhibit his work in a solo exhibition hosted by the National Geographic in London. The exhibit titled ‘Africa’ sold out and to see more of his work or to join him on a photographic safari or workshop go to

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1st July 2011 at 2:08 am

This is a most beautiful image. Congratulations!

1st July 2011 at 2:34 am

Quite a scene. Rather mysterious. Excellent work. Merci

1st July 2011 at 2:44 am

Surreal and yet serene in the same moment. An incredible image! Thank you for sharing!


1st July 2011 at 6:06 am

Stunning image!

Rashid Mukoon

1st July 2011 at 7:15 am

Artistic,the effort is wortthwile,thanks.

Jason Stander

1st July 2011 at 8:14 am

Go Greg… congrats!!!

1st July 2011 at 8:20 am

Poignant image Greg…well done, Saffas shining on Earthshots this month!

1st July 2011 at 8:31 am

Perfect, Greg ! ! ! ! ! !

1st July 2011 at 8:39 am

wow, what a beautiful image!

1st July 2011 at 8:40 am

Well done– you nailed it!

1st July 2011 at 10:24 am

Well-spoted, and a lovely shot!

1st July 2011 at 10:54 am

This is amazing. Great light and such a beautiful atmosphere.!Just perfect.

1st July 2011 at 11:12 am


1st July 2011 at 11:18 am

Great shot! I like the way it seems as if all the birds are on the same plane. Good to see another Saffa featured!


1st July 2011 at 11:38 am

SImply a beautiful photograph. It seems surreal. Well done!

C. Fitzgerald

1st July 2011 at 12:03 pm

What a wonderful picture. Love the colors and the action of the morning. Well don!!


1st July 2011 at 2:01 pm


Helen Hart

1st July 2011 at 2:08 pm

I don’t know how you did it, the focus is perfect! And the colors, what a wonderful lucky shot.

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci

1st July 2011 at 2:11 pm

Stunning!!!! congrats!!!


1st July 2011 at 2:16 pm


1st July 2011 at 2:31 pm

You did everyone wonderfully… this is a phenomenal photo

Tilana Stander

1st July 2011 at 2:34 pm


Fernando Rodriguez

1st July 2011 at 3:12 pm

At first I thought this was a beautiful painting. WOW!!! That mist made for and incredible look almost as if pastels were put to paper. Coudos, I have been there and never seen that mist, what stroke a of luck and timing on your part. Thank you for sharing.

Fernando Rodriguez

1st July 2011 at 3:15 pm

By the way Greg what time of year was this?

1st July 2011 at 3:42 pm

Wow what a beautiful capture. Just stunning with the color composition. Great work.

1st July 2011 at 4:49 pm

Wow! I love the colors especially the blues. What a photo :)

mary blankenship

1st July 2011 at 5:12 pm

Wow nice shot,looks so peaceful.

1st July 2011 at 5:38 pm

One of those “moments of a lifetime” superbly captured. I’d love to see a bigger version of this to revel in the details. Congratulations!

Marie Dunphy Harding

1st July 2011 at 5:46 pm

Delighed that you shared this stunning capture, Thank you!


1st July 2011 at 6:26 pm

What a wonderful picture,thank you for sharing this with us.

Bobbi Chambers

1st July 2011 at 7:17 pm

Ditto to all the comments above. Simply stunning! ;)

1st July 2011 at 7:44 pm

I have just spent an hour looking at your website, and reading some of your blogs. WOW! Your talent and gift of sharing Africa are a true treasure.

Tazmin A Shariff

1st July 2011 at 9:19 pm

I’m from Kenya and have visited lake Nakure many times. You’ve captured a rare and special moment. Thank you for making this happen!

2nd July 2011 at 7:57 am

brilliant work. compliments

3rd July 2011 at 1:07 am

Outstanding image. Greg, how do you find the Nikkor 80-400mm for bird photography. I have found it to be slow to auto focus, especially for birds in flight. Your thoughts/comments appreciated:)

Hannes Thirion

3rd July 2011 at 3:20 pm

Love the combination of colours and the misty effect.
Well done!

8th July 2011 at 12:29 am

Beautiful light and composition.

13th July 2011 at 9:39 am

Lovely shot; almost like a painting.

Shibi George

30th July 2011 at 11:10 am

Great work.wondering how long it must have taken to get that perfect shot.Almost looks like a painting…

30th July 2011 at 5:38 pm

Flawless and magical capture. The mark if a true artist. Well done.

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