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Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: sony p200, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): #4 Exotic Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 3:38
Viewed: 4635
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Australian Pelican or Goolayyalibee (Pelicanus conspicillatus) is an unmistakable large water bird, widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand.

Australian Pelicans are medium-sized by pelican standards: 1.6 to 1.8 metres long with a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.5 metres and weighing between 4 and almost 7 kilograms. They are predominantly white, with black and white wings and a pale, pinkish bill which, like that of all pelicans, is enormous—particularly in the male.

Australian Pelicans prefer large expanses of open water without too much aquatic vegetation. The surrounding environment is unimportant: it can be forest, grassland, desert, estuarine mudflats, an ornamental city park, or industrial wasteland, provided only that there is open water able to support a sufficient supply of fish.

Australian Pelicans follow no particular schedule of regular movement, simply following the availability of food supplies. When the normally barren Lake Eyre filled during 1974 to '76, for example, only a handful of pelicans remained around the coastal cities: when the great inland lakes dried again, the population dispersed once more, flocks of thousands being seen on the northern coasts and some individuals reaching Christmas Island, Palau and New Zealand.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Ben,
Your photo show us all beauties of this nice pelikan. Your POV is so successful. This is so introducer photo with reflections, clean and sharp details, nice frame work. Congratulations and TFS.
With my best wishes.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-27 4:16]

Hello Benyamin,
Funny capture.POV,colors,lighting and composition are wonderful.

Hi Ben, Very good clear shot of this large waterbird. Good cropping and frame around it. Good work Murray.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-27 5:10]

Hi Benyamin,

Superb shot, with a great composition and wonderful POV, the detail is nice and sharp and the colours are lovely, love his big eye.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-27 5:29]

Hola Benyamin, que buena imagen y disparo nítido... buen trabajo, saludos

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-27 6:25]

Hi Ben

What a great picture of this nice pelican!
You really managed to catch it in action...or was he just posing? :))
Excellent POV, nice sharpness, lovely colors, very good framing and a beautiful composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-27 8:00]

That's a very nice unusual action shot of the Australian pelican much due to the lighting.
Good details, interesting water ripples and good colours.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Ben,
A funny pose you captured on this Australian Pelican. Nicely composed and framed. I love the eyes of these guys.

Hi Ben,
Beautiful shot, nice composition with good detail on the pelican, lovely colours.


Hi Ben,
What a lovely pose. Great pov and yes those are really stunning. Maybe a tad more contrast would bring out even more details in the bird, but besides that the sharpness and colors are spot on.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-27 21:17]

Hi Benyamin

A very cool shot of this pelican.I like the colours.The frame you chose.The composition.The wonderful vivid colours.A great job on this presentation.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-28 2:08]

Hello Benyamin,
very pretty picture pelican.I like pretty natural colours.Managed those catch perfekt position.Superb composition.Good sharpening and good chicken.

TFS Milos

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-28 14:02]

Hello Ben , Great shot ,it's a beauty pelecan , good colours sharp light pov bg and framing ,good job ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Benyamin
It's a great picture of this nice pelican.
Composition is good and colors are beatiful.

Good work

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-03 20:54]

Hi Benyamin
Nice shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done Benyamin


Position and POV are lovely. Colors are nice but the highly bright reflection on the water are a little hindrance. Very nice capture anyway.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-10 22:50]

Hi Benyamin,
Cute Pelican photo my friend.I like his/her eye details:)
Nice pov,dof,colors,note,focus and frame.TFS

Witaj Beniaminie!
Mily kadr tego niezwyk³ego ptaka.
Uwidocznione piorka i ten imponujacy dziob, ktory akurat klapie. Ja bym jeszcze poeksperymentowala z filtrem polaryzujacym (chodzi o wode). Dziekuje za wrazenia.
Pozdrowienia i gratulacje - Roma

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-10-21 5:41]

Belle composition, beaux détails, jolies couleurs, bon cadrage


Hello Benyamin.

Excellent picture, very good details an colors.


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