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Pelican


Pelican
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Copyright: Eduardo Balogh (Ketaka) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 5 N: 124] (1159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon f70, Nikkor 70-300 ED f4.5-5-6, Kodak E100VS, 62 mm Circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Budapest ZOO Animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 4:48
Viewed: 4520
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae.

Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, pelicans make up the order Pelecaniformes. Modern pelicans are found on all continents except Antarctica. They occur mostly in warm regions, though breeding ranges reach 45 south (Australian Pelican, P. conspicillatus) and 60 North (American White Pelicans, P. erythrorhynchos, in western Canada). Birds of inland and coastal waters, they are absent from polar regions, the deep ocean, oceanic islands, and inland South America.

An Australian Pelican seemingly forcing its beak inside out, Lakes Entrance, VictoriaPelicans are large birds with enormous, pouched bills. The smallest is the Brown Pelican (P. occidentalis), small individuals of which can be as little as 2.75 kg (6 lb), 106 cm (42 in) long and can have a wingspan of as little as 1.83 m (6 ft). The largest is believed to be the Dalmatian Pelican (P. crispus), at up to 15 kg (33 lb), 183 cm (72 in) long, with a maximum wingspan of nearly 3.5 m (11.5 ft). The Australian Pelican has the longest bill of any bird.

Pelicans swim well with their short, strong legs and their feet with all four toes webbed (as in all birds placed in the order Pelecaniformes). The tail is short and square, with 20 to 24 feathers. The wings are long and have the unusually large number of 30 to 35 secondary flight feathers. A layer of special fibers deep in the breast muscles can hold the wings rigidly horizontal for gliding and soaring. Thus they can exploit thermals to commute over 150 km (100 miles) to feeding areas.

Pelicans rub the backs of their heads on their preen glands to pick up its oily secretion, which they transfer to their plumage to waterproof it.

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Hello Eduardo,
Great close up,
Good sharpness and depth of field,
Beautiful colors
nice clarity
very good compositon and pov
Angela

  • Great 
  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-12 13:48]

Hi Eduardo
exellent portraid
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-12 17:29]

Hello Eduardo,
Welcome to TN!
I am a huge fan of pelicans... and yours is just wonderful.
A fantastic pose with rich colors, good details, nice DOF.
You caught quite an expression on him.
If looks could kill! Hahaha!
Thank you for sharing. : )
ManYee

amazing portrait, no need for the heavy frame, TFS Ori

Very sharp capture and excellent composition.

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