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Living near Duck Island are the Park's famous resident Pelicans, first introduced in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador. Regular visitors can see the Pelicans basking on their favourite rocks and getting fed fresh fish at 2:30pm every day.

There are currently five Pelicans in the Park; four Eastern or Great White Pelicans and one Louisiana Brown Pelican (which is distinguished by different colouring and a lump on its beak). They're gregarious, social creatures and there are numerous stories of their entertaining antics. One rather mischievous Pelican used to fly over to London Zoo in Regent's Park to steal their fish for his lunch and they're often seen climbing out of the lake to sit on the benches alongside visitors!

Of course the pigeons steer well clear of them.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma DG
Title:Pelican in St James Park.
Username:Scaramanga Scaramanga
Uploaded:8 Jan 2009 - 11:56 AM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
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GrahamNobles
8 Jan 2009 - 12:01 PM

Yes, gorgeous detail in the plumage.
Graham

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Skye24Blue
8 Jan 2009 - 12:03 PM

Just love pelicans ... and this wonderful shot.
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 12:16 PM

Quite fantastic, and the detail in the plumage is stunning. A superb capture and presentation. Carol

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colin63
colin63  5 England
8 Jan 2009 - 12:26 PM

Quality shot, great presentation

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 12:31 PM

pelicans are so photogenic, captured really well,good detail in the feathers

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jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 12:56 PM

Beautiful image, really nice fine detail.
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8 Jan 2009 - 12:57 PM

Excellent portrait

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8 Jan 2009 - 1:03 PM

Cracking shot Andrew.
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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
8 Jan 2009 - 1:07 PM

Top Class image Andrew.The detail is superb
Cheers

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mikbee
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8 Jan 2009 - 1:28 PM

And no wonder the pidgeons stay well clear, with a beak like that !!
Good detail in the feathers here.
Nice shot.
Mick.

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jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
8 Jan 2009 - 1:29 PM

Great details

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whiteswan01
8 Jan 2009 - 2:45 PM

yes went there my self he was sitting in middle of the path superb shot
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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 3:05 PM

He is rather gorgeous.
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PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 3:20 PM

great shot, well taken.
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8 Jan 2009 - 3:45 PM

Great detail a colour, lovely composition

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casson  8 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 4:09 PM

Lovely image, well presented
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Maiwand
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8 Jan 2009 - 4:38 PM

Super closeup Andrew and you have managed to hold some excellent detail in the plumage.
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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 4:39 PM

Good detail and colour - a well portrayed shot as well

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom952 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 4:47 PM

I like the mix of super-sharp eye and bill with delicate plumage. Very well judged.
Take a look at this recent upload, it could be the same bird!
Moira

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BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 4:57 PM

A fantastic image.
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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 5:05 PM

Very beautiful! I really love this!

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8 Jan 2009 - 5:19 PM

A beautiful capture.
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49er  8564 forum posts
8 Jan 2009 - 5:29 PM

nice shot well presented..

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8 Jan 2009 - 5:30 PM

quality bird portrait mate , glows

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teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 5:30 PM

Awesome capture - incredible plumage detail esp when viewed large. Lovely presentation and the tight crop suits this so well.
Sylvia

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RAUL  5 Italy
8 Jan 2009 - 5:50 PM

Beautiful image Andrew.

P.s. Thank you very much for the award.
Thanks.
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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 6:12 PM

Superb image, amazing detail and comp, just spot on. Shaun

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8 Jan 2009 - 6:17 PM

Beautiful feather detail tones and composition Andrew.
Pauline.

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Campbell  5 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 - 6:21 PM

Excellent image, stunning detail and colours.
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8 Jan 2009 - 6:35 PM

Lovely image Andrew.........Bill

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8 Jan 2009 - 6:36 PM

what a beautiful shot - the feathers look so soft and warm. Katie

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taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 6:36 PM

Very special!
Excellent focus, aperture control and composition!
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8 Jan 2009 - 6:39 PM

Fabulous shot with exquisite tones and wonderful detail; a winner. Interesting write up too.
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Roly  7 Wales
8 Jan 2009 - 7:28 PM

Excellent.

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imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 7:29 PM

superb capture Andrew with fab detail

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astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 7:40 PM

Beautiful shot, fascinating pose from the pelican as well, very well edited the background
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Hebe  6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 - 7:43 PM

A magnificent shot, and what beautiful plumage you have captured.

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 7:54 PM

TOP-SHOT.

Rock

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 8:03 PM

such an outstanding image it must be in line for some award!!
fabulous work
Phil

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8 Jan 2009 - 8:36 PM

Beautiful, superb detail.
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8 Jan 2009 - 8:54 PM

Super detail

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User_Removed
8 Jan 2009 - 8:56 PM

Andrew I like this at least the bird part they are really funny creatures & i n the right light very photogenic. The background though looks very unnatural have you done some post processing on this? I know its difficult to isdolate these things from humans & cluttered background.

Gerry

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Silverzone
8 Jan 2009 - 9:01 PM

Stunning definition on the feathers. Sylvia

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hellsbells8868
8 Jan 2009 - 10:08 PM

Fabulous detail....

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allan_j  646 forum posts Scotland
8 Jan 2009 - 10:20 PM

stunning picture m8....john

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JCRAWFORD  6 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 - 10:20 PM

Fantastic shot mate.
John

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 10:55 PM

Excellent detail and clarity,fantastic shot,well captured..............

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MandsH  7 England
9 Jan 2009 - 12:17 AM

Wonderful detail
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9 Jan 2009 - 1:23 AM

Beautiful portrait.
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9 Jan 2009 - 7:58 AM

quality work Bro

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9 Jan 2009 - 2:13 PM

Superb photography!

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9 Jan 2009 - 3:07 PM

You have done well to retain detail in all of those whites. a superb image Andrew.

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9 Jan 2009 - 7:59 PM

Perfect shot!!
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proz  9205 forum posts United States
10 Jan 2009 - 2:57 PM

this is perfection!

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10 Jan 2009 - 4:46 PM

The feather detail is simply first class in this terrific image

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10 Jan 2009 - 5:30 PM


Quote: The feather detail is simply first class in this terrific image

Couldn't have put it better myself Andrew, it's superb.
Geoff.

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11 Jan 2009 - 10:39 AM

Brilliant!
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piccy  8 Wales
12 Jan 2009 - 8:53 PM

Beautiful shot.
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27 Jan 2009 - 6:47 AM

This is so beautiful Carol. To be able to see each individual feather like this is awesome. Wonderful capture.

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