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Pelecanus Occidentalis

Pelecanus Occidentalis
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-06 20:18
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Points: 8
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Pelecanus Occidentalis

Kindom : Animalia
Philo : Chordata
Class : Birds
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Pelecanidae
Scientific Name : Pelecanus Occidentalis Linnaeus, 1766

Diagnóstic Description : Measures 109 cm. and weighs 3 kg. It is unmistakable is the only common pelican on our shores.
Adults have a dark grayish-brown body. The feathers at the top have a silvery luster. The head and neck are white and the beak is brownish. The bag and the skin of the face and legs are grayish black.
During the breeding season is mainly his neck black. The nuchal crest is brown. Presents a yellow tinge on the head and the skin around the eye is red. The peak boasts a pinkish tinge. In immature specimens the head, neck and upper parts are brown and the abdomen is white. They reach adult plumage final after 3 years.

Hábitat : They live in coastal waters and is rarely away from them. They take refuge in rocks, trees and boats.

Territory: Individuals forage daily over a wide area of territory.

Food: They feed on fish caught by diving from heights of up to 10 m. Do not dive. Consume waste and scrap; go to the fishing boats.

Reproduction: The nest is a small circular platform made of sticks, perched on a bush or tree, and rarely on the ground, on islands off the coast. Put 2 to 3 white eggs that are stained brown quickly in the nest. The peak of egg laying season is from January to February, the majority of young people flying in May.

Seasonality: A resident species, although some individuals may be migratory Nearctic.

Behavior: Usually found in small groups coordinated flying in single file. May form flocks of 20 or more individuals.

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Hello Ricardo
Beautiful bird and great photo with excellent composition and very good sharpness. The lighting and the colors are fantastic.

Hallo Ricardo
The colours in the whole picture is bright and beautiful, the pose a delight to look at and the composition and close point of view pleasant. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

A wonderful pelican,
good colour contrasts and point of view.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-09 9:21]

Hi Ricardo,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful pelican. Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

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