|Copyright: Sydney Deem (sydeem)
|Date Taken: 1985|
|Camera: Olympus C-5050z|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 11:42|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Exploring the harbor in San Francisco we came across this guy looking for a handout.|
A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, it makes up the order Pelecaniformes. Like other birds in that group, pelicans have all four toes webbed (they are totipalmate). Modern pelicans are found on all continents except Antarctica. They are birds of inland and coastal waters and are absent from polar regions, the deep ocean, oceanic islands, and inland South America.
Pelicans have two primary ways of feeding:
Group fishing: used by white pelicans all over the world. They will form a line to chase schools of small fish into shallow water, and then simply scoop them up. Large fish are caught with the bill-tip, then tossed up in the air to be caught and slid into the gullet head first.
Plunge-diving: used almost exclusively by the American Brown Pelican, and rarely by white pelicans like the Peruvian Pelican or the Australian Pelican.
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Focus could have better been on the pelican head.
DOF could have been made more shallow, as the background is competing with the subject.
A little fill in flash would have given more details in the pelican.