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Pelecanus thagus

Pelecanus thagus
Photo Information
Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-06 14:04
Viewed: 4585
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peruvian Pelican, Pelecanus thagus, is a member of the pelican family. It lives on the west coast of South America, from Lobos de Tierra Island in Peru to Pupuya Islet in Chile.
These birds are dark in colour with a white stripe from the top of the bill up to the crown and down the sides of the neck. They have long tufted feathers on the top of their heads. It used to be considered a subspecies of the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). The Peruvian birds are nearly twice the bulk of the Brown Pelican, averaging 15.4 lb (7 kg) in weight; they are also longer, measuring about 5 ft (1.5 m) overall.
The main breeding season occurs from September to March. Clutch size is usually two or three eggs. Eggs are incubated for approximately 4 to 5 weeks, with the rearing period lasting about 3 months.
This bird feeds on several species of fish. It feeds by diving into the water from flight, like the Brown Pelican.
Its status was first evaluated for the IUCN Red List in 2008, being listed as Near threatened.

Information source

This photo is taken in the Isla de Chiloé, Region de Los Lagos, Chile.

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nice pic, they looked as if they are hanged in the air, tFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-06 14:51]

Hi Ferran,the contrast between the birds and the blue of the sea is fantastic! What a great sharpness and details,and what a great moment to take the pic,the pelicans whit the wings open in flight are a impressive spectacle!! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-10-06 16:45]

Hi Ferran,

Two beautiful Pelicans flying over the gorgeous blue water. I love the two different poses - one with the fine profile and the other seemingly ready to dive back into the water. Colors and details of the face and wings are magnificent. A wonderful scene and composition.


hello Ferran

an excellent and lovely in-flight shot of these Peruvian Pelicans,
with fine POV, excellent contrast, superb focus to the birds
with great sharpness and details, i love your photo, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-10-06 19:48]

Hello Ferran,
Splendid in flight image of these pelicans. They are well frozen in flight, the details are great and the colors are vivid. Thank you for this great work Ferran.

Hola Ferran,
buona cattura in volo di questi Pellicani, molto bello lo sfondo blù del mare, una piacevole e dinamica composizione con le diverse posturedi volo dei due uccelli.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-07 9:58]

Hi Ferran,

A landscape with these very successful pelicans. Excellent color with a top BG.
Very good and the description provided.
Greetings from Germany,

Hello Ferran,

a good pov and dof from this flying birds.
Fine colours.


Hello Ferran
wonderful capture of ths two Peruvian Pelican in flight, splendid details on both birds,
i like her pose, especially the first one, great composition and superb blue water
Have a good night

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-10-07 15:06]

Hi Ferran

A lovely action shot of these two pelicans. Great work.


Hola Ferran.

Gracias por sus foto del Peruvian pelican.

Usted nos ofrece una buena fotografía de las dos aves en vuelos en el cielo de Chile. Magnífica composición llena de vida y movimiento. El color del mar viene a elevar la calidad del conjunto. Felicidades. Con una pequeña crítica: Creo que habría sido mejor no aplazar la inscripción incrustada en el cliché: la imagen ha ganado en intensidad y con en relevancia.

Hasta luego



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