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Brown Pelican : The missile

Brown Pelican : The missile
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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, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-10 19:39
Viewed: 2672
Points: 4
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From my Cuba vacation.

Brown pelicans do not recklessly dive for their catch, depending on luck. They rely on larger fish that are feeding deeper, out of sight, to spook small fish to the surface upon which the pelican's prey. A diving pelican plummets like a hard-flung spear. It is a deadly missile that rarely misses.

A bird usually begins its dive from about 20 or 30 feet. It partly closes its wings and curves its neck to draw its head back toward its shoulders. Just prior to hitting the water, the pelican goes through a number of quick contortions that are almost to quick for the eye to catch.

It folds back its wings and turns its body so it is actually upside down and at about a 70-degree angle as it enters the water. A split-second before striking the surface, the bird also extends its neck so the bill and its pouch are also upside down.

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Hello PETER,
very nice composition with perfect clarity and colour.
best wishes,

What a pose. Brilliant capture. And the intense colors are a plus. Blue is the complementary color of orange, and this really inhance the beauty of the pelican.

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