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pelican crossing

pelican crossing
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Copyright: Sue Rickhuss (snaphappy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron 70-300mm Macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 12:51
Viewed: 2994
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
low key image and cropped to fill the frame.

Pelicans swim well with their short, strong legs and their feet with all four toes webbed. The tail is short and square, with 20 to 24 feathers. The wings are long and have the unusually large number of 30 to 35 secondary flight feathers. A layer of special fibers deep in the breast muscles can hold the wings rigidly horizontal for gliding and soaring. Thus they can exploit thermals to commute over 150 km (100 miles) to feeding areas. this one has had his one wing clipped to keep him in the zoo poor thing.

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Ciao Sue, great pose for this splendid pelikan, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Witaj Sue,
Splendid picture. Very expressive. Good, tight frame. Impressive beak. Sharp feathers.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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