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Pelecanus rufescens adult

Pelecanus rufescens adult
Photo Information
Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-16 1:48
Viewed: 4745
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) is a member of the pelican family of birds. It is a resident breeder in Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a large heap of sticks, into which 2-3 large white eggs are laid. The chicks feed by plunging their heads deep into the adultís pouch and taking the partially digested regurgitated fish.
This is a small pelican, but the wingspan is still around 2.4 m (7.9 ft) with an average weight of 5.5 kg (12 lbs). It is much smaller and duller than the Great White Pelican. The plumage is grey and white, with a pink back. The top of the bill is yellow and the pouch is usually greyish. Breeding adults have long feather plumes on the head.
Food is usually fish and amphibians and is usually obtained by fishing in groups.
Information source

IUCN Red List
Other Pelecanus rufescens
Personal Wev

This photo is taken around Luwero Town in the road to Nakasongola in Uganda. Cropped format.

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Hello Ferran,
Great capture, excellent focus which gives very good details of the plumage
Nice blue sky BG
Well done

Well composed, Ferran.
A bit strange to spot a pelican perched on a branch...
Beautiful sky as a background.

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