Capturing the pelican right at the point of impact entering the water turned out to be a challenge because of shutter lag (delay). The only camera with fresh batteries in it was a Nikon 8700 at this time my backup. A DSLR-look-alike/wannabe that was a flagship in its day of transitioning digitals, but can't compete with today's true DSLRs (D40 - D300) in terms of shutter release delay and of course no choice of glass. An excellent little magnesium bodied camera nevertless that I've passed on to my youngest daughter Jesz (12) so she can learn about Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority modes and get ready for a DSLR. It was fun and good exercise tracking the Pelican over 2 of the 4 beach miles. Thank God he took frequent breaks (digesting after each dive) so we could keep up with him (flying) while we hoofed it on the sand. I want to do this again using my 18-200mm 3.3 AF VR-II. Itself a beauty.
NOTE: March 2013: This was 5 yrs ago. "Today" above meant 2008 - lol. A whole lot of developments with digital cameras since. I've stopped using film altogether and long retired the D40. In between some models I eventually settled on the D90 for a while and a year ago moved up to the D800E. Would love to recreate this again. Both for the fun I had in the beach and for the shots. [ Turks & Caicos ]