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Gliding Through

Gliding Through
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 12:29
Viewed: 3518
Points: 18
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Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis

Grand gosier, Pélican brun (French)
Alcatraz, Pelícano café, Pelícano pardo (Spanish)

Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

Large, dark waterbird.
Long bill with extensible pouch.
Legs short.
Body large and heavy.
Feet webbed.
Wings long and broad.
Tail short.
Soars close to water surface.
Dives from the air into the water.
Size: 100-137 cm (39-54 in)
Wingspan: 200 cm (79 in)
Weight: 2000-5000 g (70.6-176.5 ounces)
Sexes look alike; males slightly larger.

Generally silent away from nesting colony. Nestling squawks for food; adults have low, hoarse display calls.

Conservation Status:
Shooting for feathers and to "protect" fishing caused declines in pelican populations in the first half of the 20th century. Pesticide poisoning, especially by DDT, caused severe declines across the range in the late 1950's and the extirpation from Louisiana ("the pelican state"). It was listed as Endangered throughout the range in 1970. The ban on DDT led to a population recovery, and it was removed from the Endangered Species list in Atlantic Coast states in 1985. Breeding numbers in most states are stable or increasing, and the total population in the United States now exceeds historical levels.

Cool Facts:

While the Brown Pelican is draining the water from its bill after a dive, gulls often try to steal the fish right out of its pouch. They sometimes even perch on the pelican's head or back and reach in. The pelican itself, however, is not above stealing fish from other seabirds. It also follows fishing boats and hangs around piers for handouts.
The Brown Pelican frequently lowers its head onto its shoulders with the bill open, pulls its head back, and stretches the pouch over its throat and neck. The exposed neck looks like a large lump sticking up out of the pouch.
Unlike most birds, which warm their eggs with the skin of their breasts, pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front toes to the hind toe, essentially standing on the eggs to warm them. This peculiar incubation method made them vulnerable to the effects of the pesticide DDT. The DDT made the eggshells thin, and the incubating parents frequently cracked their eggs.


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Hello Manyee,
Very nice capture with great details and exceptional sharpness.
Great composition to catch thi wonderful bird in flight.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-06 12:59]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this Brown Pelican in flight. Beautiful natural colours and an attractive pose. Good POV and composition.

Hello Manyee
what a nice capture of beautiful Pelecanus occidentalis from ventral aspect. sharpness of focus and details great. coloration and exposure also superb. nicely composed. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Manyee,
very nice picture, excellent sharpness, beautiful colors and framing
nice shot congratulations.
hello Vanni

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-07 0:25]

Hello Manyee
A wonderful capture with vivid colors, excellent details and perfect focus
Thanks for sharing

Hello Manyee.
The click in exact time... Really a wonderful picture!
The note is very elucidative also.
José Roberto

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-07 7:41]

Hello Manyee,
A very fine in-flight capture of a Brown Pelican. The POV, sharpness, colors and composition against the blue sky are excellent to make this image that is a joy to view.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-07 19:00]

Hello Manyee,
What a great shot of this beautiful Brown Pelican in full flight. The detail you have captured is very good and the exposure is right on the money. Love the crystal clear blue sky and the way the underside of the wing is illuminated.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 7:44]

Wonderful shot dear Manyee,
The wings clarity are very well captured and the bird pose is so good.
You did a very nice work. Liked your POV and compo too.
Best wishes,

Hi Manyee

Cool shot of this pelican in flight. Although they are big, its not easy to get a perfect shot with teh wings just right. YOu have done very well here, I'm impressed. Well done.


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