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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: 2007-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives), 50-59 points Chapter 7, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 5:52
Viewed: 4263
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Galapagos Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis urinator
Endemic subspecies (found only in Galapagos, but other closely related members of the species found elsewhere)

Galápagos Islands have their own endemic subspecies of Brown Pelican; Pelecanus occidentalis urinator. Photographed from the zodiac boat in the north shore of the Santa Cruz Island in the mangrove lagoon called the Black Turtle Cove, accessible only by sea.

*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

Exposure Time: 1/2000
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 250 mm (full frame)
Date Taken: 2007-04-28 16:28
Metering Mode: Pattern

PaulH, egeerhan, jrubiocasado, petrudamsa, Kaszek, Argus, pirate, deblink, LordPotty, kjpweb, fartash, marhowie, JORAPAVI, Jamesp, dew77, rousettus, ciccio, CeltickRanger, mlines, delic, horia has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-11 6:01]

Hello Selen,

are you sure this is a Pelican and not a pterydactal?! An amazing looking bird caught beautifully, the details are fantastic and the action created by the water splash is great too. Great shot.

Muhteşem görünüyor netlik detaylar çok güzel ellerine sağlık Selen

Hi Selen
Very nice shot, moment, complete photogram with luxe composition.
Best regards.

Hi Selen,

The pelican looks imperial. At such a wingspan, taking off must be a difficult thing to do. Also difficult can be to take such a good photo like yours in such moments.

Cheers, Petru

Hello Selen,
Diving, diving!!! ;)
Fantastic shot! Razorsharp. Superb POV.

Hi Selen.
Very good shot. I really like composition and quality here. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-11 6:38]

Hello Selen,
Great action shot of a Galapagos Brown Pelican taking off. Wonderful lighting, sharpness and detail, including water drops. From this POV the wings add immensly to the composition in this full frame shot.
TFS and hve a good week!

Hi Selen
Great shot with combination of action and sharpness.

Hi Selen,
This is an amazing image of this very large bird. A great action shot which is nice and sharp with good detail. Well done.

A fantastic capture of this magnificent bird Selen.
Excellents sharpness and exposure.
Great job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-11 7:29]

Hello selen,
Impressive photo of this Pelican. Sharp, beautiful light and good composition. Details in the water are wonderful.

Hi Selen,
a great shot of this Pelican.
Sharp and detailed with a superb DOF.
Well done,

p.s I did a workshop

Outstanding! Action, detail and colors are just eyecandy! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus!

Hello Selen
Wonderful shot of this Giant Brown Pelican,
Great lighting ,DOF and composition,
Fantastic colors, Superb shot.


Hi Selen,
Looks like he fits fine :)
I like most the POV, pose, and timing as the big guy kinda bounces along for landing..
Sharp & detailed, great DOF.
I have to tell you that I prefer this version over the WS, much more natural looking. I think center-weighted average would be better here also.

Hola Selen,
Extraordinaria la imagen quen nos ofreces, gran nitidez y dinamismo el logrado, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-11 12:44]

Hi Selen

Wonderful composition - especially as it is an action shot. The detail and colours are very well done.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-11 13:25]

Merhaba Selen,
Bayağı büyük gözüküyor.Netlik,bakış noktası,kadraj ve yakaladığın an çok güzel olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık!

Wow, I am impressed with the sharpness of this image. Great capture! I have the same lens and basically the same camera and I don't think I could have done as well. I think that the fact that you weren't fully extended helped along with that fast shutter speed. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
harika bir zamanlama olmuş. çekim açısı, netlik ve derinlik de çok güzel. elinize sağlık. bu halinin gönderilen workshoptan çok çok daha iyi olduğunu da eklemek isterim. selamlar

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-06-11 18:01]

Hola Selen. Gran momento captado. Un ajustado y preciso encuadre hacen una toma magnífica, con mucha sensación de movimiento. Enhorabuena y un saludo.

José Luis

I want to know who gave it that awful subspecies name...

The action is frozen perfectly and it is beautifully sharp.

hello Selen

superbe photo de ce pelican qui couvre toute l'image
avec ses ailes grandes ouvertes, bon focus,
j'aimes le détails de tout ce splash de l'eau
et surtout de son oeil qui a le regard vers toi

bravo pour cette photo et merci pour le partage


hi selen,
great landing shot, nice composition, good sharpness, perfect timing,
tfs & regards

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-06-15 18:45]

Hi Selen, Wonderful close up of this huge-looking bird. A agree with Paul it has a distinct pterydactal look about it! Good timing for this full wing shot. Murray.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-16 16:13]

Bu sekilde zar zor siginca, gerçekten de tarih öncesinden kalma devlerden biri gibi görünüyor. Keskinlik, renkler ve kanatlar açikken yakalaman mükemmel. Tebrikler.

Wow...whata pic!!!!
Just great...im breathless right now!!!
Great Focus and great moviment!!!!


Dear Regards


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-19 11:22]

Hi Selen

I actually saw this splendid photo back home, in my last day there, but i really didn't have any time for any words then.
It's simply a fantastic capture taken at an impecable timing - both at the contact with the water as well as with the position of its big wings.
The sharpness is exceptional and the DOF is perfect - keeping the entire pelican in full focus.
Lovely colors and beautiful composition, as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Selen , very good flight and action capture , sharpness incredible , composition is a little tight , TFS .

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