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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-24 6:02
Viewed: 6141
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During the last few weeks the temperatures in our country are below zero. For some birds thats very cold. When I past a group of Pelicans in the bird park they all had hidden their beaks between their feathers.
In the pupil you can see the photographer.

The White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or Great White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. The tree nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large pelican, at a mass of 10 kg, 160 cm long and with a 280 cm wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican, the only larger species of pelican, by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Males are larger than females, and have a long beak that grows in a downwards arc, as opposed to the shorter, straighter beak of the female. Immature birds are grey and have dark flight feathers.

More than 50% of White Pelicans breed in the Danube Delta. This pelican migrates short distances, wintering in northeast Africa. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.
Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the Dalmatian Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution.
The White Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-24 6:07]

Hello my friend
Wow what an outstanding different portrait.Pretty cold down here to it goes down to -38 ,This is a razor sharp image whit amazing details.Beautiful pose and nice catch light in the eye
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
Very expressive capture with fine clarity and softness.

Hello Peter

Here also in the last week we have/had an arctic cold,
excellent very close-up shot of this Pelican
in his behavior to stay warm in the cold days,
I can see the photographer hhh :), TFS


Hi Peter,
what a nice presentation. Excellent point of view. A lot of details. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello peter,

Hope you are well, man. I have missed a number of your photos, failed to comment and I feel sorry for myself, for you are a great man.
Listen Peter, the eye says it all and the skin round it. The focus is inch perfect you know. Your note has been justified in this elegant photo of this beautiful pelican.
Thanks a lot for sharing....take care....warm regards/Abid

Hello Peter,
excellent closeup with great detail and colour.
best composition.
best wishes,

Hello Peter!
Your pic here is full of tenderness...I love it!TFS
Best wishes from,

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-01-24 9:22]

Hello Peter,
I too love this picture, the detail, the lighting, the POV, the composition and clarity of it. TFS

Amazing portrait Peter! Excellent composition, fantastic lighting and impressive sharpness!

Hello Peter
A beautiful composition with excellent detail and good light. A super close-up!
regards yiannis

hallo Peter
Super gaaf deze opname met die vleugel half voor zijn kop
veel scherpte en prachtige mooie kleuren
groet lou

Hello Peter,
Wow!!!I couldn't realize what it is.After clicking now saw.Well done friend.Nicely captured with nice clarity and tenderness.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Ciao Peter, fantastic detail of beautiful eye, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter.
Splendida foto di questo povero uccello infreddolito,grande nitidezza ed ottimi dettagli,hai proprio ragione nella pupilla si intravede il fotografo,eccellenti i colori,molto molto bella.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Peter. Impressive and expressive at same time MF! Great close up.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-01-24 13:01]

Hi Peter
what a beauty, I mean the pelican, not the self-portrait ;-)))

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-24 14:47]

Hi Peter,this is a very very artistic pic,looking for the minimalistic details of this white pelacan,spectacular quality of details and colors in the best exposure,it's nice to see something to different on TN,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter
Very creative image. The eye is haunting and your capture of the detail around it is amazing. A very unique and beautiful image.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Peter,
A wonderful close up of this White Pelican, lovely lighting, beautiful eye contact, excellent exposure and great details sharpness, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-25 5:00]

Beautiful abstract..fine image of the bird. tfs.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-01-25 6:33]

Hi Peter,
outstanding photo , top class,
amazing details, beautiful colors, and most of all brilliant idea !
Well done !
Best regards !

Hello Peter,
A terrific "bird's eye view" with fine details, colors & presentation. Very nicely done with a very attractive POV. Excellent work & TFS. Best wishes!


Hi Peter,
Now this is what I would call one stunning winner of a photo. I just love this portrate and the detail is just fantastic. This is truly a top class photo. Stunning detail and now I'm lost for words. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo with us.
Have a great weekend.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-26 3:02]

Hello Peter
an abstract presentation from you. This time its more of a visual well presented.
The softness of the feathers and the fine eye deliver a good composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-26 3:48]

Hello Peter.
A wonderful portrait of this pelican.Excellent DOF and POV.The details are very sharp and crisp.Very nice colours and detail in the plumage and eye.Well composed .Regards Siggi

Hi Peter,
Excellent photo of the eye-contacted pelican! Beautiful details on the face and even in the eye. Not an everyday capture. Tfs this unique piece.
Best regards, Lszl

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-27 9:36]

Hello Peter,
An original photo!
A fine close up of the head of the White Pelican showing the eye in superb sharp detail, to show even your reflection in the catchlight.
I like the colours too, showing the pale rosy tint of the feathers.
Nice one!
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-28 0:12]

Hello Peter,
Cold weather allowed you to make another kind of picture..very special to see this dark Pelican eye with the reflection of the photographer :-). Well chosen tight horizontal framing.
Kind regards

Now THIS is exquisite! My type of presentation my friend..just LOVE THIS! Excellent detail, soft pink feathers surrounding this eye..WOW i'm speechless

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-07 17:07]

Hello Peter,
I really like this image... Such a nice close-up, with the bonus of your reflection in the eye!
I also find it so interesting, because we also have a white pelican (the American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) which does not look anything like that!
Excellent framing and great details.
TFS. :)

Hello Peter.
This is the most unique self portrait I have ever come across for a photographer. Super fine close shot of this pelican with exceptional details and beautiful light around the eye.
Thanks and have a great WE.

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