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Photo Information
Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 500, Canon EF 35-80mm 1:4-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04 11:29
Viewed: 5002
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) photographed at a wildlife park somehwere near Sydney.
I hope you like the photo.

Vital Statistics
Wingspan 2.5 meters to 3.4 meters.
Length 1.6 to 1.9meters.
Weight 4 to 6.8 kg up to 8.2 kg.
Australian Pelicans eyes are brown and white.
The female is slightly smaller than the male.
Pouched bill 40 to 47cm and can hold 9 to 13 litres of water.
They have 4 webbed toes.
There vocalisation is a chesty rumbling or deep growling.
In the wild they can live between 10 and 25 years.
During the courtship period, the bill and pouch of the birds change colour dramatically. The forward half of the pouch becomes bright salmon pink, while the skin of the pouch in the throat region turns chrome yellow. Parts of the top and base of the bill change to cobalt blue, and a black diagonal strip appears from the base to the tip. This colour change is of short duration, the intensity usually subsiding by the time incubation starts.
What do you think? Is this bird in courtship? :)

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-03-04 14:40]

WoW.... Great pic Andy!
The bird is so sharp and the colors are great, the BG is excellent!
The eye is so strange!
The beak is excellent this colors are perfect too!
Try NI to clean your photo from the noise in the BG!


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-05 5:17]

Wonderful composition Andy! Great colors on the beak and what an amazing eye. :) My only nit would be that a part of the head is slightly overexposed, but I know that is quite hard ti get the exposure right on white birds. Just look at my Swan picture HERE, didn't get the exposure right there. Well done and TFS!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-05 7:03]

Superbe portait de cet oiseau. Les couleurs et lanetteé sont parfaites. Félicitations !

Nie portrait, maybe a bit too noisy.
Well done.

Halo Andy!
Great photo. Wonderful portrait - perfect details and superbe face!

Excellent picture Andy.
Fantastic sharpness and DOF.
Great colours and POV.

A bit noisy but still great!
Thank you for sharing, Well done!

Hello Andy,

great shot with the blue lipstick!
Never saw one painted like this.
Very clear with lots of details and goog POV.



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