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Mooning pelican

Mooning pelican
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, 3x zoom, SanDisk SD Card 512, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-20 4:14
Viewed: 5416
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I barelly entered home after returning from a trip to Baja peninsula in Mexico. Wondeful time, wonderful weather, more animals than I expected: large sea birds (gulls, cormorants, pelicans) large seals (sea lions) large cetaceans (blue and gray whales plus dolphins)...
Here is an image of the ,,king of thrash,, (come back tommorow after I post some pics and see why) when basking in the sun and in the moon on the same time ... yes, thats the case, both celestial bodies were up and running ...
He was a large Eastearn brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis occidentalis) known to the fishermen as ,,El Cabron" (The Jerk) as he was a handsome and lazzy bird that was exclusivelly feeding on leftovers and discards from the ,,Ensenada Mercado de Mariscos,, a semi-outdoor fish market of the Ensenada. It was charming to see all world revolving around him, people and birds, loved and hated alike ...
No tripod but good speed (more like godspeed) handheld and cadrage... however, the more difficult thing to handle was the pestilential smell of the fully loaded truck of discarded fish carcass he was feeding on.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-20 4:56]

Great pose and composition with The Moon. Superb quality, love colour of sky. Frame maybe little too tight.

Nice capture, Radu, but I still like to see their faces! :0) This images does show one of the major visual differences between the Pacific Brown and the Atlantic Brown Pelican. The soft underside of their distinctive bill is red/orange as seen here and the Atlantic version is more of an olive green color in breeding season. You captured a nice shape of his wing span here. Send some of that Baja weather this way to New England it is freezing here!

Some endure the stench of rotting fish, others of us slip and slide around in 20+ cm of mud.. What won't we do for a good picture opportunity ;-))
Like Lesley I, too, would have liked to see his mug, but on the other hand you captured some good details on his wings and tail. A spot of over exposure on the back of his head and left side of the tail. -1/3 might have helped that.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-20 11:13]

Very nice clear image Radu. Excellent detail on the plumage. I guess sometimes we just cannot the shots from the ideal POV.
Well done anyway

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Great shot with the moon on BG.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 14:51]

Very good capture and the the composition that includes the mood is great. Do you thing that is what he was staring at?

ery well done and thanks for posting.

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