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Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican
Photo Information
Copyright: Leisa Hennessy (Snoops) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 170] (555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-02 6:15
Viewed: 7099
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Australian Pelican or Goolayyalibee (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is an unmistakable large water bird, widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand.

Australian Pelicans are medium-sized by pelican standards: 1.6 to 1.8 metres long with a wingspan of 5.6 to 8.3 metres and weighing between 100 and almost 1,000 pounds. They are predominantly white, with black and white wings and a pale, pinkish bill which, like that of all pelicans, is enormous—particularly in the male.

Australian Pelicans prefer large expanses of open water without too much aquatic vegetation. The surrounding environment is unimportant: it can be forest, grassland, desert, estuarine mudflats, an ornamental city park, or industrial wasteland, provided only that there is open water able to support a sufficient supply of fish.

Australian Pelicans follow no particular schedule of regular movement, simply following the availability of food supplies. When the normally barren Lake Eyre filled during 1974 to '76, for example, only a handful of pelicans remained around the coastal cities: when the great inland lakes dried again, the population dispersed once more, flocks of thousands being seen on the northern coasts and some individuals reaching Christmas Island, Palau and New Zealand.

Source :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Pelican

The Australian Pelican’s claim to fame is that it has the longest beak of any bird in the world.

markula, marhowie, timonejoon, scottevers7, jeanpaul, aido, Zeno, pilonm has marked this note useful
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Very good Lighting in your pic. The Composition, POV, Sharpness and detail are all great. TFS,

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-06-02 6:28]

very very good.
fantastic photo compliment.

Excellent shot, Leisa! Amazing how you managed to expose properly bird's feathers in the shadow. Lovely late day (or early morning, perhaps?) sidelighting and tight framing. Congratulations,

Hello Leisa,
You have managed the light very well..Very nice effect, with the warm color, light & shadow. Sharp detail, with great DOF, pose, and POV. I like it!
Very nicely done and TFS!

Hi Leisa

I`m just shoked, it is woderfull. perfect in evrything. the light and the pose of this big pelican, wooow. I love it.great. congrat for this shot.


Hi Leisa,
You did an excellent job balancing out this exposure. Great quality light. You have captured all the color and detail possible. Great composition and pose. This looks great!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-02 8:01]

Hello Leisa,
this pelican sits in a wonderful light, it looks like a star up on stage. Great POV and wondeful sharp details.
Very well done.

Bonjour Leisa
C'est une tres belle prise de vue que tu as prise avec ce pellican ,la pose est spéciale.La composition et les couleurs sont belles

Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Leisa, great Job, Perfect details, BG, POV, DOF, great details, Good, JOB, TFS Kyle

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-02 11:44]

Hi Leisa,
WOw, fantastic detail in this shot, beautiful soft lighting too. Good exposure and perfect DOF. It's a shame he had to be sitting on that ugly metal pole, but I doubt he'd have moved if you asked him :-) Fantastic shot.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-02 13:20]

Hi Leisa,

The pose of this pelican is wonderful. Your POV is great. Brilliant photo!


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-02 15:43]

Hello Leisa,

Wonderful picture of this pelican! Sunset light illuminates greatfully the bird! The position of the bird is amusing too: a so big bird standing on a so little stick! Nice pov, natural colors and composition! Well done and TFS,


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-02 16:41]
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Hi Leisa
I like it, I like it, I like it, and did I mention I like it. The wonderful backlight created amazing golden rims around the forehead, beak, neck, and frontal parts of the pelican while you excellently managed to show every bit of detail in the darker areas of the bird. Great stuff.
The narrow vertical composition was a perfect choice to 'show off' this pelican.
Very well done and TFS.

very wonderfull capture:-)) I Liked this photo;-)

Very majestic pose. very good use of the light.

  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-09 12:42]

I love the lighting in this image. The contrast and exposure is perfect. Composition right on.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-15 15:59]

Fantastic picture, wonderfull lighting!


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