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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-01 20:28
Viewed: 2218
Points: 18
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From trip to California.

Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and on only a few inland lakes in the southwestern U.S. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

•While the Brown Pelican is draining the water from its bill after a dive, gulls often try to steal the fish right out of its pouch. They sometimes even perch on the pelican's head or back and reach in. The pelican itself, however, is not above stealing fish from other seabirds. It also follows fishing boats and hangs around piers for handouts.
•The Brown Pelican frequently lowers its head onto its shoulders with the bill open, pulls its head back, and stretches the pouch over its throat and neck. The exposed neck looks like a large lump sticking up out of the pouch.
•Unlike most birds, which warm their eggs with the skin of their breasts, pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front toes to the hind toe, essentially standing on the eggs to warm them. This peculiar incubation method made them vulnerable to the effects of the pesticide DDT. The DDT made the eggshells thin, and the incubating parents frequently cracked their eggs.
•The Peruvian race of the Brown Pelican, found along the Pacific Coast of South America from southern Ecuador to Chile, is sometimes considered a separate species. It is larger than the other races, has fine white streaking on the feathers of the underparts, and has a blue pouch in the breeding season. Otherwise, it looks and acts like a Brown Pelican, found in similar coastal environments and plunge-diving for food.

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fantastic shot, sharp and clear with beautiful colours. congratulation

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-01 23:22]

hello peter

very smooth work in flight! oopz what details of this bird! focus and composition much better.seems to be u have shoot it from the upper side of a building.very good job.
have a nice day.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful pelican flight, perfect model for aircraft!

Well done Peter! Such a pleasure watching this impeccable image! Great clarity wonderful color gamut superb white balance .... everything seems fantastic ..just name it ! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Peter.
Grande tempismo nel fotografare questo splendido esemplare di Pellicano,con una
notevole nitidezza e ottimi particolari,stupendi i colori,molto bene la composizione
Ciao Marco.

Hi Peter

wow, stunning shot of this pelican. excellent sharpness and awesome composition


Fantastic Peter... what amazing detail and color.

Yes Peter
this is very nice
perfect sharpness and very nice blurred bg still showing the natural habitat, the coast

amazing pelican, perfect light, TFS Ori

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