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White Pelican

White Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 14:34
Viewed: 3569
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White Pelican
[elecanus erythrorhynchos]

Status: Although it was removed from the national list of threatened species in 1987, the American white pelican is still considered endangered in Alberta. The population here is increasing (from 548 nesting pairs in 1980 to over 1,000 today) but fewer than half of the 20 known historic nesting islands are still in use.

Habitat: White pelicans arrive in Alberta in late April. The birds are very social and group their nests together in colonies. They leave before freeze-up in late September and migrate to the coasts of Florida and Mexico for the winter.

Appearance: One of the world's largest birds, it weighs 5-8 kg and has a wingspan up to 3 m. Beneath it's long, flattened bill is a bright yellow-orange pouch for feeding.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-29 15:49]

Hello Adam,
very interesting shot and nice pose of this great white bird. Very nice details and exposition on the feathers. Well controlled DOF.
Best greetings from Poland!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-29 16:21]

Hello Adam,
Very nice and clear shot, great sharpness
Regards, Dejan

My goodness! That is certainly a sharp, well exposed image. What lens were you using? Beautiful work!

Evelynn : )

HI Adam,
Great shot of this pelican!
Face and feather details are wonderful.
The whites are very nice with the BG blues.
Well composed

Hi Adam,
this is a superb capture of the pelican with very good detail,focus and great looking colour.Are you using the 600mm IS f/4 Canon lens perchance?I ask because there are so few lenses that can do so great of a job.Tfs. Bob

Well done, Adam...
Like the saturated colours and very beautiful low light(I guess).
Good sharpness; wonderful details in the highlights...
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-30 4:31]

Hi Adam.
I am amazed how well you have reproduced this wonderful bird and scenery. The reflection of the fine plumage is really outstanding. BG is so beautiful. Lighting is great as well as the rich. fine colours. Crisp sharpness of the bird image impresses the imagination. DOF is selected perfectly and composition is superb too. My congratulations and BRAVO. Well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-30 4:45]

Hi Adam
Excellent composition.Very good POV and very shar image whit great details and colors.Very good DOF .You had done a fantastic job on getting all that details from the white feather.The light is also outstanding
TFS Michel

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-30 7:35]

Hi Adam, very nice shot of the Pelican, great light and good exposure on the whites. I like the pose and pov. Crisp and sharp in every detail. Nicely framed, good composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-31 7:30]

Hello Adam,
Very beautiful photo with excellent light and sharpness. Great DOF and BG. Very good composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 18:00]

Hello Adam

The lighting is very well handled,and the exposure is very good.
The white plumage has very good definition,and the colours are well saturated.
I like the composition,and the colours are rich and well saturated.
The oranges contrast nicely with the blues in the water.
Very good POV and DOF.


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