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Rosy Pelicans

Rosy Pelicans
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F90x, Fuji Provia 100
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-19 11:57
Viewed: 3903
Points: 10
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Pelecaniformes

Family: Pelecanidae

Genus: Pelecanus

Species: P. onocrotalus

The White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. The tree nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large pelican, at 160cm length and with a 280cm wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Immature birds are grey and have dark flight feathers.

More than 50% of White Pelicans breed in the Danube Delta. This pelican migrates short distances, wintering in northeast Africa. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.

Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the Dalmatian Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution.

The White Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.( Wikkipedia)

I was returning back in Bharathpour Bird Sanctuary one late evening. I saw these 3 birds swimming to and fro for almost half an hour. So i waited till they came close and the lighting was just perfect when i took this. i used Tokina 100-300mm lens,.

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lovely compostion and very interesting perspective. I took the liberty of doing a workshop to see how a few small changes might lighten the background a little.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-19 15:28]

Lovely composition and nice evening light



Hello chickappa,
Nice composition and the spot lighting.It looks like they are following their leader
Goutham R

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-20 9:43]

Hello Satish,
The most impressive aspect of this shot is the evening light, making these white pelicans look rosy, and causing them to contrast sharply against the dark background. This is a well composed and clear shot full of atmosphere. Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan


Looks as if some one has directed light only at the Pelicans. Good picture. High Contrast.

Murali Santhanam

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