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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-03 17:12
Viewed: 3332
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
These nine American White Pelicans and one Double-crested Cormorant were part of a much larger group of the two species that were resting on some old snags on the south shore of Ressor Lake in the Cypress Hills.

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

American White Pelicans

Family: Pelecanidae

Description 55-70" (1.4-1.8 m). W. 8' (2.4 m). A huge white bird with a long flat bill and black wing tips. In breeding season, has short yellowish crest on back of head and horny plate on upper mandible. Young birds duskier than adults.

Habitat Shallow lakes and coastal lagoons.

Nesting 1-6 whitish eggs on a low mound of earth and debris on a marshy island; occasionally on rocky islands in desert lakes. Nests in colonies.

Range Breeds from British Columbia and Mackenzie south to northern California, Utah, and Manitoba; also along Texas Gulf Coast. Winters from central California, Gulf Coast, and Florida south to Panama.

Voice Usually silent; grunts or croaks on nesting grounds.

Discussion American White Pelicans are gregarious birds, often associated with Double-crested Cormorants. A flock of migrating American White Pelicans is a majestic sight-a long line of ponderous birds, flapping and coasting. Each bird seems to take its cue from the one in front of it, beginning to flap and starting a glide when its predecessor does. These birds ride rising air currents to great heights, where they soar slowly and gracefully in circles. These birds are more buoyant than Brown Pelicans and do not dive for their food. They cooperate to surround fish in shallow water, scooping them into their pouches. They take in both water and fish, and then hold their bills vertically to drain out the water before swallowing the food. Because of pesticides, human disturbance, and the draining of wetlands, this species is in decline. The number of active colonies has dropped sharply in recent decades.
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A lovely scene with 9 pelican plus one cormorant MF Rick.
They seem very happy and captured perfectly by you with nice composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Rick!
Unique scene! Great composition, natural colours, good POV and DOF. White birds are quite hard to capture because you can overexpose them. But you managed the light very well. Congrats!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-04 0:05]

Hello Rick,
wow...what a capture!
Excellent moment to capture these birds. The sharpness and clarity is wonderful. I like the their lines on the branch.
nice view and so special in their best mood.


hello Rick

a great timing from you to shoot this photo and
they are all or almost looking at the same way !
photo shot with fine POV, fine focus great sharpness
and details of the 9 white and 1 black plumages,
also great to see by photo the difference of their sizes, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-04 8:37]

Hello Rick,
All pelicans (and cormorant) with their eyes to the photographer. How did you do that :-)? You tell them they were posted and seen worldwide on treknature?
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness, natural colours and a fantastic composition.
Have a great weekend,

Hello Rick,
Excellent moment taken with natural colors, good sharpness and composition. Well done!

Hello rick
wonderful scene of this black bird in middle of the white birds,
pelicans and cormorants are often at the same places and it's nice to see them together in harmony,
this image have fein details and is very well composed
Have a good night

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-06-04 17:30]

Very interesting scene.
I donīt know much about birds and this difference between the sizes is new for me.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2010-06-05 20:29]

UAU! Lucky man you are!
So beautiful picture, amazing moment ! I loved it so much !It is as I always tell you: your photos are like a book telling us a lovely story.
Have a nice w-end!
Love from,

Love the title Rick.
Of course the image is MOST LOVELY!!!
Presented with a lot of TASTE!!!
P.S. Have a safe trip.

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