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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives), Birds of South America, Birds of Ecuador, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 10:24
Viewed: 4589
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis urinator
Endemic subspecies (found only in Galapagos, but other closely related members of the species found elsewhere)

Brown pelican nesting on Rabida Island...
An unmistakable, large brown bird with a heavy body and enormous bill. The adult has striking chestnust-brown and cream-coloured markings on the head when in breeding plumage. The juveniles are largely mid-brown, paler underneath. Brown pelicans are found around the coats and can often be seen soaring along cliff edges such as on South Plaza and Punta Suarez on Espanola.
Fish and small crustaceans are the brown pelican’s diet. They catch prey by what looks to be an entirely graceless (but actually very effective) plunge dive. They fill their pouch with a large amount of water and then filter out the small fish and crustaceans.

The brown pelican breeds in small colonies or individually in mangroves or small bushes, occasionally on rocks. 2 or 3 large eggs are incubated by both parents for about 30 days.

Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Manual Exposure
Cloudy weather
Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/5
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 210 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-26 09:16
Metering Mode: Average

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To smitha: nestingSelenE 1 05-07 16:40
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Hi Selen.
Very beautiful. Great sharpness and colour. Good composition. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

Hello Selen
What a great shot of this Brown Pelican,
Perfect details and DOF,
Fantastic colors and BG,Superb shot.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-07 13:05]

Hello Selen,
Brilliant capture of this pelican, your excellent camera work produces an excellent image, Thanks Selen.

very elegant, TFS Ori

Hi Selen,
Good shot. Very sharp and detailed. It is nesting, isn't it? Good POV and an excellent composition.
TFS, Smitha.

merhaba Selen hanım
yine harikulade bir kare. kompozisyon, derinlik, renkler, netlik...
diğer Galapagos fotoğraflarınızı göremeyi sabırsızlıkla bekliyorum. elinize sağlık. teşekkürler

Derinlik ve tüylerdeki deylar hoş olmuş ellerine sağlık Selen.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-08 5:46]

netliği ve detaylarıyla çok güzel bir fotoğraf. Elinize sağlık, selamlar..

Yazdıgın açıklamalar her fotoğrafına dahada deger katıyor. Tebrik ederim Selen

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-09 3:05]

Hi Selen

A great shot of this pelican - I think I took the same nest many years ago!! The pose and colours are really spot on as is the focus.


Hi Selen , POV , colors , details and shrpnss is OK , TFS. Good luck .

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