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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Shew (kshew) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 30] (202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED-IF
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-27 0:08
Viewed: 4343
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Pelican at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Southern California.
Brown Pelicans live in all habitats on the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts. They are rarely seen inland.
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.

3 pelicans were frantically crashing a school of minnows. In the melee, one took a look at the camera. To be honest, didn't know one was looking at the camera till I saw the picture.

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Wow a most impressive capture! Too bas the top of the wing is out of the photo, but what detail; especially in the main body! The DOF could have been a bit broader; you must have been fairly close to the bird.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-27 1:56]

Hey Ken,
excellent action shot, you have managed to capture the Pelican in good detail :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-27 3:14]

Fantastic pose and details, Ken. An unusual POV.
A tad of OE on the head, but the action more than makes up for that. Great shot and TFS. : )

Hi Ken

Excellent capture. Lovely colours. Good timing. Nice clear details. Well done. Thanks.

An amazingly sharp and impressive capture of this pelican in an unusual posture.
Even though the right wing is slightly lost, it is the claws/feet of the bird that grab my attention; there is an athletic posture to them.

This is an absolutely wonderful shot other than the top of the one wing being cut off. The detail is great and the framing is otherwise perfect.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-27 6:31]

Hello Ken,
A great capture of this pelican, sharp and full of details.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-27 13:01]

Privet Ken.
The dancing-master. A magnificent pose. Well caught moment. Bravo!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-27 14:38]

Hi Ken
Great action shot. Good details, colours, sharpnes, BG and POV.
Well done


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-04-28 6:18]

Hi Ken, excellent imagine of this great bird. Exceptional capture of the movement! Wonderful details and colors. Congratulation! Dan

Normally I do mind that a part of the wing is cut. It that particular case, I don't find it bothering.
Very clear and sharp, which is difficult for an action shot.
Great contribution to TN.

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