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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-16 12:12
Viewed: 4205
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pelican captured in a little zoo in Lille (France).
I can't tell you whether it is a female or a male.

Pelicans can grow to a wingspan of three meters and weigh 13 kilograms, males being a little larger than females and having a longer bill.

Pelicans have two primary ways of feeding:

* Group fishing: used by white pelicans all over the world. They will form a line to chase schools of small fish into shallow water, and then simply scoop them up. Large fish are caught with the bill-tip, then tossed up in the air to be caught and slid into the gullet head first.
* Plunge-diving: used almost exclusively by the American Brown Pelican, and rarely by white pelicans like the Peruvian Pelican or the Australian Pelican.

Rarely, pelicans will consume animals other than fish. In one documented case, a pelican swallowed a live pigeon, and anecdotal evidence has suggested that this was not an isolated incident.

Pelicans are gregarious and nest colonially, the male bringing the material, the female heaping it up to form a simple structure. Pairs are monogamous for a single season but the pair bond extends only to the nesting area; mates are independent away from the nest.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
17/02/2007 14:03:18
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
70.0 - 200.0mm
Focal Length

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Love the pose and color

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-16 12:33]

Hi Annick,

What a beautiful shot of the pelican. The colors are amazing. I love your composition - you are really showing off that beak.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-16 13:09]

Whatever it is, male or female, it's a nice specimen. What a portrait! Sharp and crisp details and excelent colors and composition.
Very good job
My compliments and TFS.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-16 13:19]

Hi Annick,
That is a superb portrait, so crisp and clear. The sharpness is whow!! And he or she makes a unusual pose for you.

bonjour annick
je ne sais pas si il y a plusieurs zoos a lille,moi j'en avais visité un petit et je n'avais pas vu ce bel oiseau(cela fait deja plus de 4 années).
c'est un portrait magnifique comme a chaque fois.
bon week end.

Hi Annick,
You have caught this Pelican in a very good position. Maybe a little over exposed looking at the wing plumage and crown. 1/2 stop under may have shown the beak markings up even more. Do you use a tripod or are your shots hand held?

Excellent shot Annick.
Very well done. Very pure and sharp shot. tfs. Stev

Hi Annick,
I like the turns and folds of all that feathers and textures!
It's a really great effect, that catch the attention (mine, at least!)
Beyond that, colors got and the eye contact is very good.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Annick It's a beautifull shot the fine detail in the feathers and the nice dark contrast in the background is wonderfull. Well composed and great POV. rgds Necip

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-17 5:23]

Hi Annick

This is another stunning pelican shot from you!
I'm again amazed by the fantastic composition you managed to pull out even with not presentingthe entire animal...they are terrific.
The POV here is also excellent and the details and colors are wonderful.
Splendid work!

bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-17 10:24]

Hola Annick,
tus trabajos son magníficos,
y bellas presentaciónes.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-19 5:14]

Hello Annick,
What a portrait.It's harder to understand this photo then solving a differential equation:).Well caught,framed and composed.I liked eye contact a lot.

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