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SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
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

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SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Increased the saturation
Edited by:joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)

Hi Selen,
I increased the saturation and darkened it slightly.
Hope you like it,
Joe