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Dalmatian pelican

Dalmatian pelican
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-P71
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-04-24 2:36
Viewed: 4346
Points: 65
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Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
Pélican frisé in French.

Third picture from Amnéville zoo. This pelican was washing himself just in front of me, so close I could have almost touched him. The photo is not the best (I don't like the BG) but I love his funny pose on this one, I've never seen this before.

The Dalmatian pelican is a member of the pelican family, the Pelecanidae. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large Pelican, at 170 cm legth and with a 3m wingspan. it differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and greyish-white (rather than pure white) plumage. It has a red lower mandible in during the breeding season. Immatures are grey and lack the pink facial patch of immature White Pelicans.

The Dalmatian Pelican migrates short distances. In flight, iyt is an elegant soaring bird, with the flock moving in synchrony. The neck is then held back like a heron's.

As is well known, pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most while swimming at the surface.

This species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution. In 1994, there ramined only 1000 breeding pais in Europe, mot of them in Russia, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria.

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Awesome pose and POV. Sharp detail and vivid colours.

Great job

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-04-24 3:36]
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Beautiful Bird, well captured, over shapened a bit? Thank you for the details about the bird.

Hi Valerie
What an intresting picture, i like the sharpness and the colors you have done really very well with the exposure!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-24 4:02]

Hi Valerie!
Why did you broke neck of this cute bird ;-) ? I'm joking! Weird pose. I like composition and colours, especially beak and dirty water. Agree with Scott - slightly oversharpened.

Hi Valerie,
Interesting pose of this pelican. Nothing to complain, excellent picture.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-24 5:33]

Hello Valerie,
What an intersting pose of this pelican, colours, sharpness very good. I like the POV.

Hi Valerie

What an interesting pose you have captured here. Good timing. The plumage details are clear and sharp. Depth of colour is very good. Nice work. Thanks!

Hi Valerie,
Nice shot! Sorry, no time for comment, but well deserved :)

Hey valerie, He seeing you upside down, excellent colors, BG, POV, perfect details, excllent DOF, I like this alot, TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-24 8:31]

Hi Valerie,
Valerie, vas a reinventar el modo de visitar los zoológicos. Has conseguido las poses más invorosímiles y fotogénicas posibles.
Muy bien hecho.
Gracias por enseñarnos el zoo por tu mirada
José M.

Great shot Valerie.
You have capture a very unusual moment with such precision that makes this picture an excellent one.
Excellent composition, colors and details.

Quelle belle photo de ce pélican qui fait le clown!
Extraordinaire. Couleurs, focus, belle profondeur, tout y est.
Bravo Valérie.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-24 16:40]


Une superbe composition,la pose de l'oiseau est originale. L'éclairage et les couleurs parfaitement exposées crée un bel ambiance. Félicitations j'aime beacoup cette photo.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-04-24 16:49]

Hi Valerie,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details. Excellent work.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-25 0:26]

What a nice capture, Valérie! Excelent timing! The colours and sharp details are also great! Well done!

Nicely captured Valerie,
Late night, early morning and a little bit hungover!!!
Quick visit.
Great capture, thanks for posting.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-25 5:04]

La pose de ce Pélican est plutôt amusante, c'est super d'avoir pu capturé ce moment original. Merci Valérie pour cette photo réussie.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-26 13:45]

Hello Valerie,
you caught the master of Yoga ;-). Quite an amusing shot. Good POV lovely colors and great sharp details.

Chère Valerie,
J'ai beaucoup aimé ton pelican. Les couleurs sont magnifiques et ávant tout, la position est très interessant!

excellent bird portrait with razor sharp details, beautiful soft light, delightful shades of pale grey, green, and red.
Wonderful pose. A very well chosen background with dynamic motion and great depth. Superb shot, Congratulations!
Thank you, and best regards,


bonjour valerie
les details sont tres bons,les couleurs de l'oiseau naturelles,bon! l'eau verte cela ne fait pas vraiment floride mais l'ensemble est bon.

Salut Valérie!

Comme on dirait si bien au Québec:
"Yé complètment viré sul top ton pélican" (traduction: Il est complèment tombé sur la tête ton pélican).
L'exposition et la mise au point sont excellentes. La compositin assez bien balancée. L'eau verte est un peu dégeu mais ça peut s'arranger. J'ai fait un p'tit WS vite fait sans trop de précision pour voir une couleur différente d'eau.

N'en demeure pas moins que l'image orignale est très intéressante. Merci de partager tes images.

Hello Valerie,
Good work and interesting photo. TFS.
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

Just catching up with my critiques after a few days away, sorry for the delay :)

An unusual shot, well done for the good timing!
Lovely composition, but I would say it is a little oversharpened, as are some of your other photo's. Try an unsharp-mask of between 200 and 500% but a small radius, like between 0.3 and 0.5 pixels.

Impresionante pelícano Valerie, felicidades por la composición, detalle, contraste, color...

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-04 16:20]

Hi Valerie
He want you to take his picture. Great composition and shot. Good colours, details, sharpnes,BG and POV.
Well done


Salut Valerie,
special memories and photos do no necessarily depend on the camera. It depends 90 per cent on the photographers eye and imagination. Your photos are brilliant.
If you go for a SLR, take a look at the 350D rather than the 20D or the brand new 30D which offers some important improvements on the 20 D at lower price.

I love Pelicans and you show us a very nice and extraordinary beauty. TFS.

Hi, Valerie.
Interesting shot. Fantastic pose and colors. Sharp and well composed.

excellent image and very nice moment.
good work

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  • LBO Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 3] (143)
  • [2006-06-01 16:04]

Très belle photo de ce pélican qui regarde le ciel. L'arrière-plan est particulièrement bien choisi et ajoute une valeur dramatique.


Hello Valerie,
What a wonderful pose... or rather interesting action captured!
I'm impressed by the fine details in the feather coat in this well composed image...
Beautiful colours and nice reflection in the background!
Pablo -

Quelle photo,il voulait vraiment y avoir son visage pour ce contorsionner de la sorte. Amitié Thomas

Hi MF Valerie, a funny and stunningly perfect capture of this pretty pelican in a fine composition with great details and wonderful sharpness. The reflectişons are great too.
TFS and Have a nice day!


Ciao Valerie,
quelle belle photo de ce beau oiseau au plumage gris, superbe netteté, très agrèable composition prise au bon moment.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée

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