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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: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-25 11:04
Viewed: 3890
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pelicans are large birds with enormous, pouched bills and long wings. The smallest of the pelican is the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), small individuals of which can be as little as 2.75 kg (6 lbs), 106 cm (42 in) and have a wingspan of 1.83 m (6 ft). The largest pelican species is believed to be the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), at up to 15 kg (33 lbs), 183 cm (72 in) and a maximum wingspan of nearly 3.5 m (11.5 ft).

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.

Occasionally, pelicans will consume animals other than fish. In one documented case, a pelican swallowed a live pigeon, and reports of similar incidents have surfaced. In fact, Pelicans are fairly opportunistic predators, and while fish forms the bulk of their diet due to being the most common food source where Pelicans nest, they will quite readily eat any other food that is available to them.

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Shooting Date/Time
13/05/2007 14:45:46
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
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Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
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ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-25 11:13]

Hi Annick,

An amazing, and almost humorous shot of this pelican. What a big mouth he has! Colors and details are fantastic. Nice reflection and I love the water splashes. Is that a small fish in his mouth?


Wow!! Amazing capture. Ive never seen a pelican photo with the mouth open like that. Great job.

Hola Annick.
Un original disparo con el que has congelado la acción. Fenomenales detalles con una nitidez y contrastes envidiables.
Perfecta nota.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-25 11:35]

Hi Annick,
a great capture of the fish and pelican.
Great composition and brilliant quality.
Well done,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-25 11:42]

Hi Annick,
the timing is fabulous, I never seen one with a beak open that wide.
Great colors and fabulous details in this wonderful composition.

Hi Annick
Dramatic action. Great moment and great photo. I dont know what I can say more.
I like it very much.
Very best wishes

hello Annick a superb shot the timing and angle is perfect lovely detail and light very well done superb! tfs rgds necip

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-25 12:40]

Hele goede timing heb je hier gehad.
De vis kan zo naar binnen springen.
Hele goed focus en scherpte en leuk om de sprong van de vis te zien aan het water.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-25 13:15]

Hello Annick,
Great shot, extremely well-timed to show the pelican's huge beak open to catch the jumping fish. I like the greeedy look in the pelican's eye!! Great sharpness and fine colours. The reflection in the water and the splashes from the fish add to the compositions value. Well done!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

What a shot and timing along witha usefull note.No chance or I am ready to give you 2 X.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-25 15:47]

Amazing action shot and great nature photo. Excellent low POV. Great details with the fish and spash of water. Nice exposure.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-25 16:48]

Hi Annick. what a great shot. very good timing on your part.very good detail .with nice colours and POV. well done TFS. great notes to.

Hi Annick.
You do exquisite images for detail, this is yet again another amazing shot. Behavior, colour, pin sharp and detail spot on.

New Zealand

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-26 1:33]

Hello Annick,
Wooow ! Great timing. You caught this funny fisher at the good moment and your shot is amazing !
The "+++" : composition, subjects : pelican + jumping fish, funny pose with mouth open, droplets, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, light & exposure, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Annick,
What a super picture. You were lucky to see the action let alone photograph it and so well done to boot.

bonjour annick
tres joli ce pélican, j' apprécie le reflet de l' eau et tu l'as pris au bon moment ou le bec était ouvert , c'est vraiment super
bravo , bon travail, merci et bon weekend

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-26 4:36]

Hi Annick

I'm a big fan of your pelican shots and especially the terrific poses in which you capture them!
This, too, is a great example why, with a magnificent timing for catching this fellow with its beak widely opened.
The details are again excellent and the natural colors are lovely.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Annick,
Very good moment!
Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-26 7:34]

Hello Annick,
Very funny situation. You were very lucky to catch the right moment. Very vivid and interesting picture. Well seen.
have a nice day

Hello Annick,
Great shot of this comical looking pelican the bill opened makes a great shot plus the fish jumping give this image extra punch. Very nice. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-26 20:54]

Hello Annick,
This is a superb image caught with your great camera work.

Outstanding capture, great timing Annick...
Simply awesome...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-27 11:12]
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Hi Annick.
This is superb. Tremendous pictured moment and scene. I say again - great DOF/aperture value. Perfect sharpness and details of whole image and especially fish, bird and water spray. Everything is excellent. Bravo.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-28 5:09]

Hi Annick,
Excellent timing! I liked the action you caught a lot. Beautiful composition, great pose. Well done and TFS

Amazing, magnifique prise de vue, moment extraordinaire, et une qualité d'image fantastique.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-06-02 17:03]

Impressionante Photo Annick, un moment de capture inoublibale pour moi. Merci de me la montrer. IMPRESSIONANT.

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