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Pelecanus occidentalis

Pelecanus occidentalis
Photo Information
Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-P32
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pelecaniformes (pelicans and relatives) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-30 21:30
Viewed: 5831
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Island of pelicans in San Blas' Port, Nayarit.

San Blas' port is the home of numerous species of birds, among them the brown pelican, Some data that me to find in Animal Diversity Web:

Geographic Range:
Brown pelicans are strictly coastal, and living on the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts north to Nova Scotia.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
Species: Pelecanus occidentalis

Physical Description:
Brown pelicans are dark and bulky. The sexes are similar in plumage and both are 4-4.5 ft (114-137 cm) long. The head is white with a pale yellow wash on the crown; the long bill is grayish; back, rump, and tail are streaked with gray and dark brown; the breast and belly are a blackish-brown; eyes pale yellow; and legs and feet are black. Immatures have brownish- grey necks and white underparts. All pelicans have bills that are as long or longer than their heads. The huge naked skin pouch suspended from the lower half of the hooked bill holds two or three times more than the bird's stomach-about 3 gallons of water and fish. Pelicans hold their catch and let the water drain from the corners of their mouths before they swallow. Fish are never carried in the pouch, but in the gullet or esophagus. The pouch, besides acting as a dip net, is also pulsated in extreme heat to allow cooling. Pelicaniformes are the only birds that share in common a totipalmate foot, that is, one in which all four toes, including the hind one, are united by a web of skin.


To the bottom of the image to be able to appreciate lightly, the mountains.

* I used Neat Image to reduce the noise in the sky

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-11-30 22:24]

Thankyou Ninfa for showing us the home of these birds. What a place to live! You have captured them well. Good composition.

Nice image of this community of Pelican. IMO I would have cropped som from the top and bottom. Have posted a workshop. TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-01 5:24]

Una hermosa captura Ninfa, con muy buena composicion a partir de la formación rocosa y sus huéspedes tan simpáticos.
Me agrada el colorido bien definido... el cielo azul, el particular tono del agua y los fuertes tonos de las rocas y aves.
Bien hecho.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-01 14:52]

Very nice composition Ninfa, the colours are very good and the note good too. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-02 4:16]

Nemo must stay far away from here. I like the composition a lot. Very well done.

Thanks for posting

Hello Ninfa Urania! Wonderful picture. Very good composition.

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