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Spot-billed Pelican or Grey Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican or Grey Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Andrew Orme (orme) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C-730 UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-04 2:41
Viewed: 16932
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in Dusit Zoo in the center of Bangkok.

I believe the bird is a stork, because I saw five of them nesting at the top of a nearby tree.

As I was taking a shot of three other birds gliding passed in the water, this stork came into land, but unfortunately I only got half of it!!!

Finally I managed to take this close-up shot.

Tech: Used zoom function, cropped, resized and sharpened.


Update 2004-08-05:

This bird is actually a pelican, probably the Brown American specie. Thanks Callie.


Update 2005-05-27:

While looking for information on my latest pelican photo, I stumbled across similar photos of this pelican and discovered that it is a Spot-billed Pelican - Pelecanus philippensis - so definitely not a stork!

Their chief food is fish. This bird has an elastic bag under the length its bill, which acts as a landing net for the fish.

Described by: Gmelin (1789).

Alternate common name(s): Gray Pelican, Grey Pelican, Philippine Pelican.

Old scientific name(s): Pelecanus roseus.


Family: Pelecanidae.

Size: 150 cm.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-04 2:56]

Hi Andrew, welcome on TN, a very beautiful place for great entrance. This bird is very beautiful and splendid sharp, I leave the name to other viewers concerning, the specialists in this matter. I like this.

This is very good.
Sharp and nice color.
Welcome to TN

Welcome Andrew on TN.
Very good first photo you send us, very sharp, good details, good colours, great composition. Yes I like this one, very good job you did

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-04 5:56]

Ugly bird (to my eye) but beautiful shot, excellent detail and DoF. I wonder hpw this would looko in B&W seeing as the bird has so little colour? Nice composition and cropping.

Very nice shot. Welcome and nice 1st post. Love the detail. Thanx for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-04 13:11]

A very good shot.
Nice and sharp wiith very good detail.
A good capture,very well done.

Good to see you over here, Andrew, welcome! The details you got in the bird are stunning, and the tight no-nonsense cropping around it is just the way to go here. Nice reflections, too.

Hi Andrew
And welcome too. Lovely unlovely pelican, good texture and the water ripples are a nice touch too. The slight diagonal also works it magic in the composition. A small nit is a too tight crop, IMO. I think this is the Brown American specie

Excellent pelican picture Andrew. Very clever handling of light leaving a lot of details in the feathers and the beak. The tight cropping seems to work very well here too.

Very sharp and detailed image with the water making a great tiger like pattern in the background. You did well here with the composition not to include any land or sky in the background that would distract from this fine subject

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-03 16:07]

A very good shot!
I like the sharpness and the exposition.
Very good work.

Looks like a pelican to me. superb shot, the feathers and the ripples are excellent!

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