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Pelican preening isn't easy!

Pelican preening isn't easy!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 G ED
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 0:44
Viewed: 3593
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning Everyone,

... from a very cold and blizzarding England!

First, I must apologise for my absence over the last few weeks. No drama, just a lack of time, flu and circumstances. Anyway, I'm happy to be back.

This shot is one that I took when I visited France last year. I took it at a place called Phoenix Park, in Nice. It was a lovely place, containing gardens of different styles, and plants, to make a variety of habits for birds and insects. To see more, please click here.

The pelicans were happily living on a large lake with many other varieties of water birds. They created a focal point for many children who were fascinated by their large beaks and their desire to use them for preening. As you can see, it didn't seem an easy activity with a beak so well adapted to catching and storing fish!

Many thanks for stopping by.
I hope you liked it.
Please feel free to offere feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-) Bev

eng55, Argus, siggi, Miss_Piggy, CeltickRanger, Alex99, uleko, nglen, rcrick has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-05 1:02]

Hi Beverly,
Beautiful capture of this pair.POV,lighting,details and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-05 1:18]

Good morning Beverley,
Yes, I saw in the news that you are snowed in the UK! Nice to see you back!
Great capture of a couple of White Pelicans preening taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and contrast against the water.
This species is rare in the wild and found in SE. Europe but many are found in parks all over and some become feral if their wings are not clipped!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Beverley!

It's so nice to have you back! I'm glad to hear that there's nothing serious behind your absence. You start your "comeback" in a very pleasant way by presenting us these two nice fellows.

Kind regards


Hello Beverley,
very nice capture of a beautiful pair.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-05 2:33]

Hello Beverley.
Excellent capture.Clear details,DOF,sharpness,POV and composition are perect.Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Beverly
You have managed to capture these two pelicans in a most favourible pose and in lovely bright light, this way showing of the beautiful plumage. It is amazing how identical they look but on the other hand how different they are. Indeed a colourful and most pleasant image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

hello Beverley

beautiful photography of these Pelicans, shot with fine POV
and framing, beautiful luminosity of the image,
excellent sharpness and details of their white plumage, TFS


Ciao Bev, lovely couple in great pose, good colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-05 9:04]

Hi Beverley.
What an attractive scene with two wonderful birds. I welcome excellent details of the entire image. Water surface with cute ripples on it and its colouration is a great canvas for these busy birds. I also like blameless cropping of the image and composition of the shot. White plumage of the pelicans is reproduced perfectly. My best wishes and compliments and many thanks for high mark of my last shot.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-05 9:30]
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Hello Beverley,
The weather sounds dreadful in England while we have no snow at all! I believe France has also had its share of winter so I wonder how these Pelicans endure it! It't all topsy-turvy!! A fine view of this pair, with great focus on the big bill and eye of the first one. They look quite content with their life in captivity!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-05 10:44]

Hi Beverley. Good to see you back and well. You have taken a fine picture of the two Pelicans. With good detail and colours. well done TFS.

Hi Beverley,

Very good detail on the white feathers which is difficult sometimes. Good action and connection between the two birds as well as composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-05 15:09]

Hi Bev,what a fantastic sharpness,the details of this pelicans are georgeous!! Perfect moment to take,very well done,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Bev,

Lovely to see you back. I can't believe the weather your having back in the old country, but then again I can't believe its 43deg in Melbourne, and raining here in Queensland, anyway back to the image, excellent shot of these two preening Pelicans, superb detail in the plumage, perfect exposure and POV, stay warm :0) all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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