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White Pelican

White Pelican
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-25 7:22
Viewed: 3239
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus, also known as the Eastern White Pelican or Great White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. The tree nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large pelican, at a mass of 10 kg, 160 cm long and with a 280 cm wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican, the only larger species of pelican, by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Males are larger than females, and have a long beak that grows in a downwards arc, as opposed to the shorter, straighter beak of the female. Immature birds are grey and have dark flight feathers.

More than 50% of White Pelicans breed in the Danube Delta. This pelican migrates short distances, wintering in northeast Africa. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.
Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.
Like the Dalmatian Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution.

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

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hallo Peter
wauwh, dit is super scherp
mooie details van de kop
super mooie kleuren
een te gekke foto
groetjes lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-25 7:38]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful, White Pelican porte sections ...
Vivid colors and detail are very stylish.
Best wishes,

Amazing details in yours picture and good colours.Congratulations.Alin.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-25 8:00]

Hello Peter,
A beautiful close up of the head of the Pelican. Colors and light are very good. The details are very beautiful.
Best regards Siggi

hello Peter
quelle magnifique portrait!
une nettetée incroyable des couleurs vives et l expression du pelican est bien rendue
a tres bientot

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-25 8:27]

Incredible and perfects details Peter. Simply perfect shot. Congratulations and TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-25 8:56]

Excellent portrait, great detail and composition!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-25 9:10]

Hello Peter,
This is the closest one can have to a of macro of a Pelican!
The details of the eye and base of the bill are fantastic and taken with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting. The blue colour of the bill is amazing I didn't know that it was so striking in the Great White Pelican.
You are a teacher and now you have taught me something!
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Peter, fantastic portrait with amazing details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,

Very good close-up, see the pelican from it POV makes we appreciate it differently. Most notable is the complexity of colors and interesting relief of the bird's face. It's very interesting, it makes good crop and composition. Good note attached.


hello Peter
this is fantastic close up, it reveals to us exceptional detail, splendid attribution of colours!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Peter,
a fantastic macro shot of this White Pelican taken with impressive details and marvellous natural colours, superb composition
Best regards

hallo Peter,

Fantastische close-up
Uitstekend gedetaileerd, je kan de veertjes tellen
Mooiee reflectie in het oog
Prachtige kleuren

TFS Thijs

Hello Peter, excellent close-up shot of white pelican.
The composition, details and colours are wonderful.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

excellent close,Peter
fantastic details..i see you in the eye
of pelican

greeting sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-25 11:18]

Hi Peter,
Magnificent macro shot of this Pelican face.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Peter,

An excellent macro with such fine details, colors & sharpness. Great POV & composition. Very well done & presented.



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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-25 11:23]

Hallo Peter.

Een erg mooie closeup. Superscherp, het prikkelt wel om de hele kop te zien.
En erg mooie kleuren.

Gr. Hans

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up with great details and focus.
Superb portrait.

Hi Peter..
Lovely and detailed shot of face of white pelican.
Everyting great.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Hallo Peter,

mooie detailopname van deze pelikaan met mooie structuren.
Uitermate scherpe foto.
Prachtige kleuren.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-25 12:36]

Hi Peter. I think you will win a prize for the must unusal bird pictures this year. This is a fantastic close up of this Pelicans face. Taken with such sharp focusing and fine detail. very different colours . with the large clear eye. well taken TFs.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-11-25 12:44]

Merhaba Peter!
Gövdesine kıyasla oldukça minik gözlere sahip olan bu kuşun çok yakın bir portresini sunmuşsun. Gözü aslında oldukça canlı ve parlakmış. Tebrikler dostum.
Best regards.


Como hicieras con el buitre Egipcio que ya publicaste anteriormente, vuelves a lucirte con un impresionante, realista y sorprendente primer plano.
Buena luz y detalles, con unas texturas muy bien captadas. Interesante como quedo el ojo. Un buen trabajo Peter.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Peter

an excellent portrait photo of the White Pelican, fine POV
with the excellent very tight framing, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful reflection on his eye, TFS


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-11-25 14:10]

hi Peter,
voici un portrait aux couleurs vives, un choix particulier qui révčle les détails de qualités. Belle brillance dans son gros oeil.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-25 16:16]

Slav Peter,
An excellent macro shot of the head Pelican.Nice colors and composition.TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-11-25 17:13]

Wow, Peter.
A masterpiece, this close-up/
I keep looking at it and looking at it.
So many fantastic details, amazing textures.
A fascinating image. Very effective crop.
TFS : )

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-11-25 19:32]

Dear Peter!

Your picture merits the little green asterix for a favourite picture. It simply is superb, surprising at the same time because of the richness of the details and the point of view. I never have been looking so closely into the face of a Pelikan and I like the effect very much. Moreover, the colours are magnificent!

Kind regards


Hi and Good Morning Peter,

Impressive close-up!, the lighting seems very effective.
Wonderfully sharp details too, can even make out the textures on its skin. Well done MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-25 23:36]

Hello Peter, excellent portrait l shot of this colourful faced pelican with excellent details.
TFS and G's,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-26 2:39]

Hello Peter,
Amazing to see all these different patterns and colors of the Pelican with your close-up. We even see the landscape in its eyes. LOvely too the little leaf falling on its face. Original shot!
Thanks a lot and kind regards

Hi Peter. Perfect close up in stunning detail and perfect focus. An impressive portrait. Great work!


Hi Peter,
it's unbelievable that such a bird can have so crazy colours. You were so close, we can see every tiny detail, it's amazing, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-26 13:01]

Wat portret? Wat spelen! Prachtige kleuren en fantastische details.
De beste gedachten van Duitsland,

Hello Peter
superb portrait of this white pelican with nice focus on the eye,
i ike all the diferent color tones of the bird : white, pink, yellow and blue
the green BG is very contrasting
Have a good night

Hello Peter
Whaaa, a great portrait with beautiful colours and sharp details
Well done

Hallo Peter
How close can one get? A great photo filled with a beautiful assortment of colours and clarity of finer details. A wonderful composition with the exposure done beautifully, and the light used well to bring out this White Pelican's features to there best. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. The catch-light caught in the eye gets a definite plus. The details are really super. Things like the red in the side of the eye and the green leave above the bird's head caught my eye. An excellent photograph, presented in a lovely manner. Kind regards

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-01 4:57]

Hi Peter,
Excellent macro, TFS. Very well done..
Best regards,

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