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Pelicans


Pelicans
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-21 5:19
Viewed: 4239
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pelicans can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Additionally, they are an old family of birds. Pelican fossils have been found that have been dated almost 40 millions years old!

Pelican legs are short, their necks long, and their feet have all four toes webbed to aid in swimming. Pelicans are huge birds, with some birds almost 6 ft. in length. Wing spans range from 6 ft. across to up to 11 ft.

All of the seven species of pelicans skim fish from the water as they swim along, using the bill as a fish net. Many times groups of these pelicans will fish together, forming a V-shape in the water, herding schools of fish to shallow water where the pelicans can feed on the fish more easily. As with the diving pelicans, these pelicans tip their head forward to empty the water out of their pouch, then swallow and enjoy their fish meal.

The bill is not actually used to store food, as a crop would. It can be used as a temporary container for the fish, however most pelicans swallow the fish once the water is drained from the pouch.

Young pelicans are born without feathers but soon grow a down coat. Parents swallow the fish before eating. To feed their young birds, they open their mouths wide so that the young reach way down their throats to their gullet (not the pouch) to get the food.

Food: Adults can consume up to 2 kg of food each day. In shallow water, they scoop up as much as 20 litres, straining out the young, warm-water fish, salamanders, frogs and aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding: Both sexes prominently display their bright orange bills during courtship rituals which include bowing, strutting and short flights. Egg-laying in a colony begins in mid-May. Both adults tend the large, chalky white eggs until they hatch about a month later.

Lifespan: 12-14 years in the wild.

This photos was taken in Kiev Zoo.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-21 5:43]

You posted a lot of inf that I did not know about pelicans. The images are nice with good color and DOF. Thanks for posting.

Sochirca, Informative notes..Like the zoomed in - out frames together. Good job.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-21 10:29]

Bonita composicion de 2 imágenes... sólo que podrías haber presentado una versión LP de la misma.
Suaves tonos, buena presentacion e interesante nota.

Pretty composition of 2 images... only that you could have presented a version LP of the same one.
Smooth tones, good presentation and interesting note.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-21 10:59]

Great duo Sochirca, excellent posting and very good note. I wish you had posted a large version too, that's a compliment rather than a niggle. Well done.

Very nice posting with an excellent supporting note. Great work. Lots of effort whent into this post. I appreciate it.

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