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Look... One Foot !

Look... One Foot !
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2006-10-21
Categorias: Birds
Câmara: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposição: f/3.5, 1/1600 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2006-10-22 3:59
Visto: 3104
Favoritos: 1 [ver]
Pontos: 24
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis

Pelicans are very gregarious birds; they live in flocks of both sexes throughout the year. They are exceptionally buoyant due to the internal air sacks beneath their skin and in their bones, and as graceful in the air as they are clumsy on land. In level flight, pelicans fly in groups, with their heads held back on their shoulders, the bills resting on their folded necks. They may fly in a "V", but usually in regular lines or single file.

Male pelicans pick out the nesting sites and perform an "advertising" display which attracts the females. Once a pair forms a bond, overt communiction between them is minimal. Pelican nesting peaks during March and April; nests are in colonies either in trees, bushes, or on the ground. Those placed in trees are made of reeds, grasses, straw, and sticks; if on the ground, nests consist of a shallow scrape lined with feathers and a rim of soil built 4-10'' above the ground. Brown Pelicans lay 2-3 chalky white eggs. Incubation is about 28-30 days; young walk out of the nests on the ground about 35 days after hatching but do not leave treetop nests until about 63 -88 days for their first flight.

Physical Description
Brown pelicans are dark and bulky. The sexes are similar in plumage and both are 4-4.5 ft (114-137 cm) long. The head is white with a pale yellow wash on the crown; the long bill is grayish; back, rump, and tail are streaked with gray and dark brown; the breast and belly are a blackish-brown; eyes pale yellow; and legs and feet are black. Immatures have brownish- grey necks and white underparts. 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. Pelicans hold their catch and let the water drain from the corners of their mouths before they swallow. Fish are never carried in the pouch, but in the gullet or esophagus. The pouch, besides acting as a dip net, is also pulsated in extreme heat to allow cooling. Pelicaniformes are the only birds that share in common a totipalmate foot, that is, one in which all four toes, including the hind one, are united by a web of skin.


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Fantastic shot of these Pelicans Manyee.
Perfect clarity,colour and composition.
Great note too.
Absolutely brilliant!

Very good shot. I like the other birds in buckgrund and mosaic light.
Best wishes

I like your shot. The light, the colours and also the sea is amazing.
Well done

Oh, Mani, congrats, I think there is a lil daredevil in you as well looking at the angle here. I like the "divine light" effect, was that natural or a soft focus filter?

Composition & POV : 9
Sharpness & DOF : 9
Light & color: 10
Creativity & Originality: 10

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

Hi Manyee,

I guess I just lost my words.....just so impressed with this beautiful image....superb!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-10-22 8:08]

Very nice composition, Manyee!
I like how the light catches these two pelicans and the maritime BG.
TFS this and the info.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-22 10:41]

pelican-yoga on a cliff? *g*
excellent capture of the two birds (and two more in the bg), manyee! :-)
terrific composition and wonderful poses of the two pelicans -
while the two cormorants in back seem rather interested in themselves.
wonderful colors and a beautiful, strong and slightly hazy
light, adding a special atmosphere.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

A classic image, Manyee.
In fact, it is a highly artistic creation because the entire convas looks like a well executed work of art.
That darkly outlined bird in the BG betweeen the two pelicans makes my day.
Thanks for this great image and take care.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2006-10-22 20:57]

nice lighting contrast

Excellent detail, you really did well on this one, the exposure is right on.


Well that is a prize winner ManYee. Those are wonderfully sharp images of pelicans and the bird between them in shadow makes for a fascinating picture. Great light, sharpness, color and composition.


Evelynn : )

Beautifully composed image.
I love the tones and misty background.
Excellent work.

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