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Beautiful Pelican

Beautiful Pelican
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Copyright: Claudia Lazar (joeydrops) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 17 N: 247] (1404)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-30 6:33
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Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus.
"Pelicans breed throughout Australia on lakes and swamps, fresh or briny. They congregate at isles where mature birds - at least four years old - develop red courtship colours on the bill. These colours fade quickly after pairing. The birds use their great bill in display, raising it, swinging and rippling its pouch, and throwing and catching objects. In threat, they thrust it forwards, head down and pouch bulging, snapping it open and shut."
(Source:Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds.)

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Perfect Shot Claudia and nice framing.
the picture is just great.

Hi Claudia, very nice capture and good control on the white plumage showing nice details. With a little PP work you could easily brighten up the BG and black plumage without harming the whites. Composition would be better IMO if less centered which is usually the case. Very nice work, well done.

Beautiful shot Claudi. Excellent color, sharpness and exposure. Great details. I think Stephen has made some excellent suggestions. Very well done & Thank you.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-30 10:33]

Hi Claudia
Lovely post here. Well composed with the beak extending on an angle into the foreground. Well exposed too.
Regards Toni

Very nice shot well composed, I like the centered look, well exposed with good detail. Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-30 13:07]

Wonderful POV of this Australian pelican. Our white pelicans do not have the black on the wings. Great details and good light. Well done, Claudia, and TFS. : )

Hello Claudia,
A really nice post. I always feel that my pictures of Pelicans seem to be too soft around their eyes. Although your post is much better, than any of mine - I feel the same here. I'd better visit a doc?! Thomas

Hi Claudia,
What a great looking bird. The colors and detail look very good to me. I love those eyes! Great shot.

Nice detail and excellent control over the exposure, the whites are nice and clean with highlights.


Hi Claudia

Wonderful capture. Nicely composed. Light was good and compliments the shot. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-02 4:06]

I appreciate this beautiful and interesting shot ! Congratulations Claudia and thanks for sharing.
PS : the raison of my too short comment is on the forum...

Hello Claudia,

What a great pelican you got there! Its pose is magnific and I like very much your pov and composition. You managed the exposition very well in order to see the different tones of white correctly! Colors looks very natural too! I did a little workshop on your so nice picture in order to add some sharpness. Here in Quebec, we don't have pelicans. In fact, usually we don't have but this summer one Brown Pelican was seen along the St-Lawrence River and all the local ornithologist are running to see it :-). Great work and TFS,


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