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Above It All

Above It All
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR, 67mm UV filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 4:25
Viewed: 3002
Points: 30
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Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis


* Grand gosier, Pélican brun (French)
* Alcatraz, Pelícano café, Pelícano pardo (Spanish)

Info on the Brown Pelican

Cool Facts

•While the Brown Pelican is draining the water from its bill after a dive, gulls often try to steal the fish right out of its pouch. They sometimes even perch on the pelican's head or back and reach in. The pelican itself, however, is not above stealing fish from other seabirds. It also follows fishing boats and hangs around piers for handouts.

•The Brown Pelican frequently lowers its head onto its shoulders with the bill open, pulls its head back, and stretches the pouch over its throat and neck. The exposed neck looks like a large lump sticking up out of the pouch.

•Unlike most birds, which warm their eggs with the skin of their breasts, pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front toes to the hind toe, essentially standing on the eggs to warm them. This peculiar incubation method made them vulnerable to the effects of the pesticide DDT. The DDT made the eggshells thin, and the incubating parents frequently cracked their eggs.

•The Peruvian race of the Brown Pelican, found along the Pacific Coast of South America from southern Ecuador to Chile, is sometimes considered a separate species. It is larger than the other races, has fine white streaking on the feathers of the underparts, and has a blue pouch in the breeding season. Otherwise, it looks and acts like a Brown Pelican, found in similar coastal environments and plunge-diving for food.

All About Birds/The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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hello Jim

we are neighbors today !

you posted what a excellent photo of the Brown Pelican in-flight,
a kind of photo that i would love to do one day,
shot with fine POV and framing, superb focus with
great sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hello Jim,
a very beautiful capture of the Brown Pelican in-flight, very good sharpness, excellent POV with a good contrast of colours against the blue sky.
Best regards

hello Jim
the flights of these enormous birds is splendid, very good shot with beautiful colours and details,fine opposition on the blue background of sky
TFS keep on photographing!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-02 9:08]

Hi Jim. This is a first class inflight shot of this Brown Pelican. You have captured it with fine detail in the open wings all with natural looking colours. It stands out well fom the clear blue sky. well taken TFS.

Hello Jim,

Great capture.
Lighting and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

Fantástica Jim, esa lente ( y el fotógrafo :) es una maravilla. No es fácil sacar esa calidad yendo al máximo que da el zoom... yo al menos aún no se hacerlo jeje.
Bien congelado el vuelo con ese 1/500 y colores creo que fieles.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-02 13:32]

Hi Jim,

Interesting and beautiful this picture. Excellent colors. Super capture. I know how difficult it is to catch it. Excellence and description provided.
Have a good evening,

Hi Jim,

This bird is impressive. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the brown pelican. It is well framed. It is clear and precise. The nice blue sky is sending a luminosity which is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-02 15:57]

Hi Jim,very nice point of view and excellent sharpness and colors,beautiful composition too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Jim

A awesome in-flight shot!




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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-02 17:22]

Hello Jim,
A great in-flight shot of the Brown Pelican. Excellent detail and beautiful colors. Nicely shown!!

Hello Jim,

This is a fine in-flight recording!
The exposure 1/500 sec freeze the movement well, and the bird is nicely placed in the frame...
The blue sky makes a fine background, enhancing the fine details in the plumage!

Pablo -

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-03 0:56]

Hello Jim,
Very nice photo of this Brown Pelican in warm colours and good sharpness. Excellent POV, timing and composition. Beautiful blue sky in the BG.

Hallo Jum
How beautiful is the plumage of this bird. You have managed to capture this frozen moment of action in the air with great detail. A very pleasant view that shows the incredible wingspan of this striking bird. This is a great picture with superb colors and composition. The blue of the sky displays like magic! Thanks for sharing.Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-04 5:28]

Hi Jim,
I like this shot with lovely soft blue sky as the background.
The pelican is indeed well captured in good claroty and sharpness. Youre very fast in capturing this flying bird. I realised it is not that easy to present a lovely one like this.


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