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Copyright: Graham Theobald (graz) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-22 5:52
Viewed: 3524
Points: 10
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This was taken last year at cotswold wildlife park.(oxford i think)?
The exif info has not been saved so i cannot comment on that.sorry. working on why !
My self critique is the blown out white in the body but still not bad,feel free to share your comments.

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, they make up the order Pelecaniformes. Like other birds in that group, pelicans have all four toes webbed (they are totipalmate).

Pelicans use two different ways to feed:

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, but only rarely by white pelicans like the Peruvian Pelican of the western South American coast, or the Australian Pelican.
Pelicans can grow to a wingspan of three meters and weigh 13 kilograms, males being a little larger than females and having a longer bill.

From the fossil record, it is known that pelicans have been around for over 40 million years. Modern pelicans are found on all continents except Antarctica: they are birds of inland and coastal waters and are absent from polar regions, the deep ocean, oceanic islands, and inland South America.

Pelicans are gregarious and nest colonially, the male bringing the material, the female heaping it up to form a simple structure. Pairs are monogamous for a single season but the pair bond extends only to the nesting area; away from the nest mates are independent.

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Graham, una foto che mi entusiasma!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-22 7:21]

Bonjour Graham!

Bravo pour l'action et l'ambilance.



Well done.


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-22 11:42]


I like the action capture, and the note. They look a nit different from the Whites here in the States and Canada. I have diffently watched them group feed and steal from cormorants.


Hi Graham, I like this shot, there is lots of action and you've frozen the movement beautifully. I don't think the whites are that bad at all but I would personally opt for more DOF on this one if it was possible (I don't know if it was) so as to get the front wing more detailed. But you got the head sharp and clear and eveything else is good. I like it, well done :)

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