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Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican
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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 300 4.0L
Exposure: f/4, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 9:10
Viewed: 3204
Points: 24
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Dalmatian Pelican
Lat : Pelecanus crispus
Tur : Tepeli Pelikan

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is the largest of the pelicans, averaging 170 cm (67 inches) in length, 11-15 kg (24-33 lbs) in weight and just over 3 m (10 ft) in wingspan. On average, it's the world's heaviest flying species, although large male bustards and swans can exceed the pelican in maximum weight. It differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and greyish-white (rather than pure white plumage). It has a red lower mandible in the breeding season. Immatures are grey and lack the pink facial patch of immature White Pelicans. The latter also has darker flight feathers.

This pelican migrates short distances. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the flock moving in synchrony. The neck is then held back like a heron's.

As is well known, pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the White Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution. As of 1994, there are around 1,000 breeding pairs in Europe, most of them in Russia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania (Karavasta Lagoon).

The Dalmatian Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

No subspecies are known to exist over its wide range, but based on size differences, a Pleistocene paleosubspecies Pelecanus crispus palaeocrispus has been described from fossils recovered at Binagady, Azerbaijan.

Source : Wikipedia

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  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-17 9:15]

selam akif
aksiyonu tam yakalamışsın
poz, açı, renkler, netlik ve detaylar nefis
eline sağlık

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-17 9:50]

Hi Akif. A fine well timed picture of this Pelican just taking off. i like very much pose in the wings . You have taken this with good detail and colours. You have used the sun light well TFS. good notes too.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-17 10:07]

Merhaba Akif,
Güzel yakalamışsın.Işık,detaylar,su zerrecikleri ve kadraj mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

  • Great 
  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-17 11:47]

Merhaba Akif,
Ters ışığın olumsuz etkisinin bertaraf edildiği gibi, çok hoş bir zamanlamayla simetrik kanat hareketlerinin yakalandığı, sanatsal değeri yüksek bir kareye imza atmışsın. Bayram nedeniyle uzunca bir ara verdiğim siteyi gerçekten özlediğimi anladım. Bu kareleri bizzat çekmesem de, o çekim anındaki duyulan heyecanı hissedebilyorum. Emeğine sağlık.


Akif merhaba
Dalmaçyalıyı iyi bir zamanlama ve çok güzel bir çekimle yakalamışsın. gerideki su zerreleri aksiyonu daha da güzelleştirmiş. netlik, açı ve kadraj çok güzel. fondaki taşlara bakınca yerini tahmin edebiliyorum.
eline sağlık dostum, iyi akşamlar.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-17 13:17]

Hello Akif,
After my photo of the Great White Pelican this week, it's nice to see this specie. Mine was landing, yours taking off. I like the light within the feathers as the most beautiful part of this photo. Amazingly beautiful. Fantastic sharpness, OOF dark BG and composition.

Hi Akif,
Very good capture of Dalmatian Pelican drying his wings; good pose and composition, sharp fine details, natural BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-17 13:51]

Hello Akif,
Very nice capture with great light and perfect focus, excellent composition well framed;
A great shot
Best regards Siggi

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-12-17 23:57]

Selam Akif bey,
çok güzel bir açıdan yakalamışsınız..
kanatlar nefis çıkmış...
emeğinize sağlık..

  • Great 
  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-12-18 1:07]

Merhaba Akif Bey,

Karedeki zamanlama harika ama beni en çok etkileyen mükemmel ışık dengesi oldu. Üst taraftaki kuvvetli ışık ve alt tarafın gölgede kalışı, kompozisyonu oldukça güçlendirmiş. Detaylar da olağanüstü, elinize sağlık.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-18 13:38]

Hi Akif
Nice capture.
Excellent timing you had capture a great POV with all the water drop frozeen in the air.Sharp image and nice detail to.
TFS Michel

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-19 13:40]

Absolutely incredible shot of this Pelican!!
Very sharp and clear.
Exceptional level of detail.
Brilliant pose.

Very well done,

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