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Brown Caribbean Pelican

Brown Caribbean Pelican
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/6.2, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-31 15:28
Viewed: 5084
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent holiday trip to Mexico

Pelecanus occidentalis occidentalis (Caribbean subspecies)

Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

Large, dark waterbird.
Long bill with extensible pouch.
Legs short.
Body large and heavy.
Feet webbed.
Wings long and broad.
Tail short.
Soars close to water surface.
Dives from the air into the water.

Size: 100-137 cm (39-54 in)
Wingspan: 200 cm (79 in)
Weight: 2000-5000 g (70.6-176.5 ounces)
(from "All About Birds")
for all of you a Happy New Year !

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-31 15:33]
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Hi Mario. Very nice photo. Exelent sharpness, great photo accion and wonderful colors. You got a great photos from My country Mexico and that makes me proud too.
Thanks for le me see them.
Your friend
Happy new year to You and to all Your family.

hi mario,
excellent shot of this flying brown pelican. very good timing and pov. tfs. wish you a very happy new year.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-31 17:54]

Hi Mario,
Very nice in-flight capture of this brown pelican with a good focus, sharpness,details, POV and composition. TFS
Happy New Year!

Hello Mario,
Great shot!good composition and pov, superb sharpness and clarity, excellent dof and great detail. nice colors too!
Well done!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-31 18:26]

Hi Mario
Excellent in flight capture.Very sharp whit excellent details.
TFS and happy new year

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-31 18:30]

Hi Mario,

Good action shot that you're presenting us here. Excellent focus on the eye with sharp details in the feathers. Well done!


Wow, nice catch in action. Nice DOF, POV, sharpness and Happy New Year 2008.
Best regards,

hello Mario

what a great chance you had to do this inflight photo,
the details of his plumage are excellent, i love the pov
of your image, iti is giving the impression that you where
fliying with him, TFS


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