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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 8:44
Viewed: 2940
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis

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

Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

Large, dark waterbird.
Long bill with extensible pouch.
Legs short.
Body large and heavy.
Feet webbed.
Wings long and broad.
Tail short.
Soars close to water surface.
Dives from the air into the water.
Size: 100-137 cm (39-54 in)
Wingspan: 200 cm (79 in)
Weight: 2000-5000 g (70.6-176.5 ounces)
Sexes look alike; males slightly larger.

Generally silent away from nesting colony. Nestling squawks for food; adults have low, hoarse display calls.

Conservation Status:
Shooting for feathers and to "protect" fishing caused declines in pelican populations in the first half of the 20th century. Pesticide poisoning, especially by DDT, caused severe declines across the range in the late 1950's and the extirpation from Louisiana ("the pelican state"). It was listed as Endangered throughout the range in 1970. The ban on DDT led to a population recovery, and it was removed from the Endangered Species list in Atlantic Coast states in 1985. Breeding numbers in most states are stable or increasing, and the total population in the United States now exceeds historical levels.

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.


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Hi Manyee
Nice capture of this Brown Pelican. Very good sharpness,detail and color. And I like the pose.
Great job!! TFS

Hi Manyee,
a nice picture of the beautiful bird.
Maybe the composition is a bit to central but I like the POV.
Good details, nice colours and good DOF.
Well done, my friend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-22 9:26]

Hello Manyee,
Perfect sharpness in this capture of the Pelican. Wonderful colours and great pose, BG, DOF and POV. Good composition.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-09-22 10:16]

a little yoga in the morning can even do a pelican good. *g*
terrific capture of a great bird showing us this wonderful pose
- amazing how he can clean himself with the big beak.
i really like the strong legs and the feather structure on the closed wing.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hello Manyee
An aptly titled picture..it almost needs a soundtrack!!..Great clarity and sharpness with a lovely dof.
Best Regards

Hi Manyee,a beautiful bird very good exposure and focus.Details,clarity,colours excellent on the bird.Well done.


Hello Manyee,
It is beautiful pelican capture. It has been long time that seen such a great composition.
very well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-22 15:02]

Hi Manyee
Nice compostion Sahpr image with great details.Colors and POV are excellent.I like the cathc light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-09-22 17:42]

Good one - what a nice plumage he has! Great detail and a nice pose! And he really is brown. Much more so than his cousins on the other side of the country. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Nice one Manyee,
Good capture of this huge bird.
Great exposure,colour and detail.
Interesting note as well.
Very jod job.

Hi Manyee
just perfect square compo and lovely pose!

Bonjour Manyee.
C'est un super pélican.Belle image,amitiés.

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