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Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-21 12:43
Viewed: 2268
Points: 18
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe to India and China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.
This is the largest of the pelicans, averaging 170190 cm (67-75 inches) in length, 1115 kg (24-33 lbs) in weight and just over 3 m (10 ft) in wingspan. On average, it is the world's heaviest flying species, although large male bustards and swans can exceed the pelican in maximum weight. 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 the breeding season. Immatures are grey and lack the pink facial patch of immature White Pelicans. The latter also has darker flight feathers.
This pelican migrates short distances. In flight, it 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 and small birds in their huge bill pouches.
Like the White Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution. As of 1994, there are around 1,000 breeding pairs in Europe, most of them in Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania (Karavasta Lagoon).

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Wow Razvan, this is a great image, not only for the lovely Dalmatian Pelicans but also because of the intense blue colour of the water, and the beautiful sunlight that brightens up everything to the best. Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Salut Razvan,
Lumina si culorile sunt minunate pentru un cadru realizat in aceasta iarna cu temperaturi blande. Pe cand imagini si din nordul continentului?
Numai bine,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-21 15:23]

Great capture whit the best light to take so well the orange beak,very rich composition and excellent sharpness too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-21 18:33]

Hello Razvan,
Living in Ohio I never see pelicans unless I visit other states adjacent to the ocean. It must be exciting to see so many at one time. I love their bright orange pouches and long bills. Nicely composed image filled with wonderful detail and vivid coloration. Well done!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-21 22:39]

Hello Razvan,
Fine capture of this group of Dalmatian Pelicans. The lighting is great to show them with fine contrast and colours against the blue water.
Thanks and best regards,

Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa imagine cu acest grup de pelicani. Impresioneaza in mod deosebit culoarea de un rosu spre portocaliu al ciocurilor.
Excelent contrastul dintre penaj si apa.
Numau bine!

Impressive scene Razvan! Beautiful photo with fantastic colours and good sharpness.

what a lovely shot of this Pelicans. good sharpness and very pleasant colour.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-01-31 20:08]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent image of this splendid group of pelicans. Wonderful details in the white plumage Razvan, great work.

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