Snap happy! Photographer takes amazing portraits of pelicans snapping at him

A photographer captured these stunning shots of pelicans SNAPPING at him while catching their dinner.

Simone Sbaraglia, 42, was able to get up close and personal with the birds by photographing them during their feeds.

The pelicans were pictured snapping at each other while they try to eat their dinner

The pelicans were pictured snapping at each other while they try to eat their dinner

The shoot took place on Lake Kerkini in Greece, with Simone asking local fishermen to help choreograph the shots.

During the winter months food supplies for pelicans can be limited.

Photographer Simone Sbaraglia gets up close and personal with the birds

Photographer Simone Sbaraglia gets up close and personal with the birds

So as a result fishermen on the lake feed the pelicans – meaning they could instil a great deal of control as Simone shot away.

The photographer, from Rome, Italy, spent a week photographing the friendly birds for about five hours a day.

The shoot took place on Lake Kerkini in Greece

The shoot took place on Lake Kerkini in Greece

He said: “I was fascinated to find these pelicans have grown used to humans and developed a kind of mutual agreement with the fishermen.

“I was also fascinated by the possibility of photographing them up close since they are not afraid of humans.

“They came very close to the boat as soon as we set out because they were used to being fed by the fishermen and knew to trust them.

“I wanted to convey a different perspective on these birds from normal by photographing them from very close up and from different angles.”