Reflections Assignment Winner David Saylor

'Spoonbills and Pelicans' by David Saylor

‘Spoonbills and Pelicans’ by David Saylor

Congrats to David Saylor for winning the Reflections Assignment!

“The Dan Click Ponds in the Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, FL, are a pair of large settling ponds for the nearby treatment plant and attract a wide variety of waterfowl throughout the year. I am fortunate to live less than a mile from there and it was a pretty rare event for me to see so many pelicans and spoonbills together in one place. I had been returning to this spot every day for about a week hoping for the right conditions. The pelicans and spoonbills were using the center of the settling ponds to preen and rest and the water level was extremely low. When I saw this scene, I knew I had it. The water was dead calm, the birds distributed just right and the clouds providing a perfect mirror image. The horizon just melted away,” recounts Saylor. His equipment included a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.