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Brown Pelican -fishing

Brown Pelican -fishing
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-09 18:56
Viewed: 2634
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Pelican: Large, unmistakable seabird, gray-brown body, dark brown, pale yellow head and neck, oversized bill. Black legs, webbed feet. Feeds on fish by plunge diving and scooping them up with pouch. Powerful flight alternates flaps with short glides. Flies close to the water in straight line.
The Brown Pelican can hold about three gallons of water (and fish) in its pouch. They have air sacks beneath their skin and in their bones that make them very buoyant.
The Brown Pelican incubates its eggs in an unusual manner; it covers them with its webbed feet. This practice was detrimental to the species when the pesticide DDT was in common use. This pesticide caused thinning of the eggshells resulting in so many broken eggs that the species became endangered.
Though adult pelicans may consume as much as four pounds of fish per day, they do not compete with sport or commercial fishermen because of type of fish they eat.

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How do you do this?? Love it...the feathers and oil painting technique for this shot!!

Wow and 4lbs of fish a day and THREE GALLONS of water in their pouch!?! Never knew this! TFS!

amazing series of pictures, TFS Ori

After posting more than 300 images, getting more than 1000 comments it would be time to write some critiques by yourself.

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