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Pelicans and Terns

Pelicans and Terns
Photo Information
Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Birds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-29 10:06
Viewed: 4220
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or Great White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. The tree nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large pelican, at a mass of 10 kg (22 lbs), 160 cm (63 in) long and with a 280 cm (110 inch) wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican, the only larger species of pelican, by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Males are larger than females, and have a long beak that grows in a downwards arc, as opposed to the shorter, straighter beak of the female. Immature birds are grey and have dark flight feathers.

More than 50% of White Pelicans breed in the Danube Delta. This pelican migrates short distances, wintering in northeast Africa. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.

Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the Dalmatian Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution.

The White Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Those in flight are white winged black terns.

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Hi Way!
Great photo, very crowdy there;) excellent composition- pelicans in front and background, gulls above in the middle, water and ground look great ass well- perfect. well done!
TFS, cheers

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-29 18:46]

Hello Way,
Beautiful capture my friend with great color and details in this marvelous composition. What an incredible sight this must have been. Thanks for sharing Way.

hello Way

excellent shot of the Pelicans and the Terns, with fine POV and DOF,
great luminosity of the image, excellent sharpness and details,



Hallo Way
I very much enjoyed the scenery where all the Terns and Pelicans are gathering. The photograph is filled with an assortment of colours and splendour. Looking at the Pelicans faces each one has a different expression and looking at the body language not one has the same than another. A real busy scene, but too much detail to appreciate to make you feel tired looking at all the motion and activities. A great and colourful image. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

This shot comes after quite an interval, Way!
You've, in your lovely style, brought magic and amazing beauty to flocks, herds and groups...
This one is no exception.. There is so much detail in this shot, that it's mind boggling!
Very well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-01 13:43]

Hello Way! A picture ful of action with great sharpness and a perfect exposure. The composition is well done, too. Thanks for this great shot,


Hello Way,
That's a lot of Pelicans. Very good use of the rule of thirds. Great exposure and details captured even of the inflight birds.
Very graceful birds these Pelicans are.


oh my god Beautiful capture my friend with great color and details in this marvelous composition.

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