Rod Smoliak captures a unique bird gliding on the water.
Maple Grove photographer Rod Smoliak took this award-winning photograph as a pelican caught its meal in the water. Over 100 pelicans had taken up residency at Rice Lake last summer, and Smoliak had been visiting often in hopes of being able to photograph a pelican catching a fish. “I had positioned myself to have the sunlight behind the pelican in order to be able to see the fish in the pelican’s throat pouch,” he says. “This pelican didn’t disappoint.”
Photographer: Rod Smoliak
Title: Pelican With Fish
Equipment: Sony Camera with 200–600mm zoom lens
Second Place: Wildlife & Nature