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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 23:23
Viewed: 3309
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Is the smallest of the eight species of pelican, although it is a large bird in nearly every other regard. It is 106-137 cm (42-54 in) in length, weighs from 2.75 to 5.5 kg (6-12 lbs) and has a wingspan from 1.83 to 2.5 m (6 to 8.2 ft).
It lives strictly on coasts from Washington and Virginia south to northern Chile and the mouth of the Amazon River. Some immature birds may stray to inland freshwater lakes. After nesting, North American birds move in flocks further north along the coasts, returning to warmer waters for winter.
This bird is distinguished from the American White Pelican by its brown body and its habit of diving for fish from the air, as opposed to co-operative fishing from the surface. It eats mainly herring-like fish. Groups of Brown Pelicans often travel in single file, flying low over the water's surface.
Along with the American White Pelican, the Brown Pelican is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-07 23:25]

nice colors good focus, it has a 3D look to it.

Great in flight capture...The colors really stand out against the soft sky, almost as if it is super-imposed over the BG...Fantastic detail...TFS

Hi Lawhill

Very good in flight. Nice clear details. Well done!

Hi Lawhill, very nice sharp in-flight shot of this guy. You even got the eye. Well done.

Thanks, John

Hello Lawhill , excellent POV and comp. TFS.

The look on his face is wonderful! Good sharpness. great moment you caught with the wing position. Looks very cool! :)

Hi Lawhill,
Wonderful image....
Very good "drawing with light"...

Even without the most expensive gear, you seem to be able to capture a similar shot done with an expensive camera...and come out almost "picture perfect". Good composition and color as well as nicely timed in flight.

Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-08 10:55]

Hi Lawhill,

A lovely in-flight capture of this Pelican. Good details - I love the eye! He seems to be in a strange position and the wings show up very well. Nice colors against the cloudy sky.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-08 14:14]

Hello Lawhill,
Fine in-flight capture of a Brown Pelican, taken at a good moment to produce a sharp, well composed shot with good lighting and BG.
TFS and have a good weekend!

Hi Lawhill,
excellent capture with wonderful details and colours

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-08 16:57]

Hi Lawhill. a very good in flight shot. good timing on your part.great detail and colours. very well done TFS.Have a good weekend.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-08 20:28]

Hello Lawhill, beautiful Pelican, the flying capture is amazing, great POV and composition..well done

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-06-09 8:53]

Amazing photo of this flying Pelican! I like the composition and the setting so very much. It seams he is looking at you just in case...... ;o)

Thanks for sharing this. Regards/bengt

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-06-09 14:59]

Hi Lawhill,
Good inflight shot.
Nice pOV and details.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-09 23:03]

Hello Lawhill

A beautiful BIF of this pelican.The shot has a painting like quality to it.I like the colours and lighting.Nicely composed with good focus and sharp details.TFS


Hello Lawhill,
Great inflight, well composed. I like the POV, DOF, wing-down pose, natural plumage color, and detail I see. Perhaps some light USM for the web would help? I'm picking on ya :)

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