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Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans
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Copyright: Steph Sayre (Sayre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-02 17:48
Viewed: 3123
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this at the Ventura Harbor Water Plant Reserve. These are two adult Brown Pelicans.

The small, dark Brown Pelican of marine coasts feed mainly by plunge-diving. Although still considered endangered in parts of its range, it has generally rebounded well from severe declines caused by pesticide residues.
Breeding Adult: upperparts appear gray (feathers slaty with silvery center streaks); underparts dark brown, streaked with silver on sides, flanks. Head and neck mainly white, with dark brown to chestnut hindneck strpe and foreneck (encircling yellow or whitish chest patch) and yellowish crown. Eyes white.
Nonbreeding Adult: similar, but entire neck whitish, eyes dark by late summer, bright colors on pouch bill less evident.
Juvenile: mainly brown on head, chest, and upperparts, but white from breast through remaining underparts; greater underwing coverts pale grayish white, forming a long stripe below. Eyes dark.
*National Geographic - Complete Birds of North America

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Nice in-flight capture, Steph! i like the head posture of pelicans when they fly - so different from other birds. You froze them very well, with enough detail! Good comp too. Penny

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