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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
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives), Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-26 12:09
Viewed: 4702
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is the largest of the pelicans, averaging 170 cm (67 inches) in length, 11 kg (24 lbs) in weight and just over 3 m (10 feet) in wingspan. It differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and greyish-white (rather than pure white plumage). It has a red lower mandible in the breeding season. Immatures are grey and lack the pink facial patch of immature White Pelicans. The latter also has darker flight feathers.

This pelican migrates short distances. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the flock moving in synchrony. The neck is then held back like a heron's.

As is well known, pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the White Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution. As of 1994, there are around 1,000 breeding pairs in Europe, most of them in Russia, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria.

The Dalmatian Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Hello Dear Selen
Very intersting shot of this Dalmatian Pelican,Perfect focusing,BG and exposure,Welldone.


Wouaw Selen, impressive capture with an outstanding focus,
realy a great shot
cheer an thanks for sharing

Merhaba Selen very well done, amazing light and contrast, with good sharpness excellent focus, I really like the dark background, Composition is fine with the head placed in the top left third and the perch nicely disapearing into the dark background in the bottom right corner, POV is excellent with the the nice eye contact and expression keep up the great work. Selamlar Necip.

En güzel görüntülenmiş pelikan,çok dogal ve gerçekçi monitörden çıkacak hissi veriyor,sanki fotografına degil gerçegine bakıyorum,detaylar ve gagasındaki su damlasına kadar harika.ellerine saglık Selen.

merhaba Selen hanım,
harika, mükemmel. siyah ve beyaz bu kadar güzeş durur bir çekimde. süper detaylar. netlik kompozisyon. yine 4/4lük (trakuş deyimiyle "başköşelik").
elinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • Ger (36)
  • [2007-09-26 13:42]

awesome bird and pose, wonderful details and the droplet on its beak is a real extra bonus

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-26 13:47]

Hi selen.Fantastic picture. the detail is amazing in the feathers. the Pelican stands out so well against teh dark background.great pose. very well done FS. good notes too.

Merhaba dear friend Selen,
This is a true beauty to me!
excellent pose with perfect sharpness, beautiful colour and very details on the Pelican!
very well done and well seen always
greeting to you

Merhaba Selene,
Awesome image!
This pose is so elegant, and the dark background really makes the light plumage stand out.
A high quality and remarkable picture!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Selen,
This is a fantastic shot with amazing exposure, details and compo. The black BG is splendid.


hello selen,
very lovely capture, the darkg bg looks great here, sharp image with good details of the plumage, nice pov, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-26 19:27]

Hola Selen,
precioso trabajo,
color y pov,
exquisita composición...
bella iluminación...

Hi Selene,
This is a great example of how well a DSLR can produce an image that shows dimension. I was told by someone who is old school and refuses to use digital cameras, that digital is flat and doesn't even compare. I believes this is the perfect image to prove otherwise, I could almost walk through this image. Absolutely beautiful. :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-26 20:49]

Hello Selen ! Your shot is a superb one, great composition, great sharpnes, everything but the best of all is all the details you have in the highlights of the white feathers ! It's just incredible ! It's one of the best exposure I've seen of a white plummage. Thanks !


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-26 23:26]

Hello Selen!

Flawless picture! It's just perfect. Big contrast between black BG and white bird was very hard to exposure but you did it in great way - every detail on feathers is clear and sharp, no sign of overexposure. Pose is also great - slightly majestic, slightly dynamic. Great photo!

Kuşu bu kadar beyaz, arkayı bu kadar nasıl siyah yakaladın Selen. Muhteşem olmuş. İşin bazı püf noktalarını senden öğrenmemiz lazım. Tebrikler. Selamlar. Mustafa

Hello Selen,
Very nice capture with great light and perfect focus, excellent composition well framed;
A great shot

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-27 2:12]

this is a gorgeous capture!
+++ Outstanding sharpness and detail especially in the feathers, a striking black BG makes the white pelican stand out perfectly, you've made the most of the lighting, a good composition and all round perfect!
--- Nothing of course ;)
I have added it to my favourites theme.
Well done,

Hi Selen,
A wonderful photo of the beautifully posing Pelican. I like his rough neck look caused by the wet feathers. The clarity in the eye is most wonderfully captured. I really like the way the dark BG brings out the beauty of the bird. The falling drop from the beak is magnificent.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-27 2:46]

Hi Selen

Great shot of one of my favourite bird species - and I member I have not managed to see in the wild yet.

I really like the composition - the dark BG works really well. Good focus and exposure. The droplet of water is the finishing touch.


Wow! That is something! Excellent handling of the exposure - revealing plenty of detail. Just perfect! Kudos, Selen! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-27 5:34]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot with superb lighting and exposure. The plumage and wings look absolutely sharp and the black BG works well here to present a fine base. Great pose captured. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Selen,
Excellent photo. One suitable for framing. Outstanding color and detail framed nicely with the dark BG. Very well captured.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-09-27 10:58]

Hello Selen,

wow, and the droplet, all the contrast. Beautiful. Well done.

My best regards to you,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-27 12:21]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic sharp photo with a great contrast. Excellent focus and colours. Very good composition and POV.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 19:32]

Hello Selen

Just marking the post for now


Hi Selen
Great contrast and very good exposure on white parts. Unusual pelikan shot with almost black homogenous buckground. Great compo, perfect sharpness
Very good job
Best wishes

Her şeyiyle harika,
Çok beğendim

Bonjour Selen
Très belle prise, excellente gestion de l'exposition, équilibre de la luminosité et netteté.
Belle attitude du sujet,
amicalement Robi

muhteşem ışık,muhteşem netlik
elinize sağlık

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-29 10:28]

Hi Selen.
Perfect impressive picture of this cute bird. I like your contrast shot. Combination of white gamma of the Pelican, impressiveness of its pose and deep dark BG is great. Details of the bird is outstanding. My compliments and kind regards.

Magic shot, love that single drop of water of the bill, the detail and the dark background makes this an even more powerful image, just beautiful Selen :) Cheers Rick..

Hello Selen,
This guy really stands out on the dark background!
Lovely details have been captured in the plumage, silky soft and crisp at the same time...
A fine composition, and I like the expression you capture!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Çok güzel.netlik,renkler çok etkileyici.

Hi Selen... Sorry for absence.
You have a perfect exposure it seems.
The dark background sure highlights the feathers.
Wonderful composition too.
Have a very nice week.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-01 5:29]

Hello Selen,
WHat a superb capture of this, presumably young, fluffy pelican. Excellent focus and very well exposed. I love the sharp details and the way it stands out from the dark background. Beautiful light and well framed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Bonjour Selen
C'est une très jolie composition avec ce beau portrait de ce pellican,les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis.

Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-10-02 19:59]

Selen, the expositon is very nice! The contrast to the black background is excellent, making all the nice details stand out. He needs some make up and hair style!

This is an amazing picture Selen! It looks like a studio shot! Details and exposure are amazing and this black background just makes it perfect. This could be a prize winner! What a beautiful bird! I have read your funny intro notes again and it made me smile by this grey morning; thanks!

Hi Selen,
Excellent in every way, a work of art :)
Only very minor nit are the few stray marks BG around the subjects head/neck you missed, easily removed PP.
TFS & have a nice week.

great portrait, great light, TFS Ori

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