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By FeatherFriend
Something a little different today, still another bird but this time a monster compared to my usual uploads. Paid a visit to Dartmoor Zoological Park a few days ago and although the number of species was few compared to what I expected, there were some situations where the different animals and birds could be photographed without the usual unsightly wire fences. I chose this angle to try and convey the size of the beak and also the pinkish colour under the outer feathers. Hope you like it.

Brief information: A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae, also from the fossil record,[6] it is known that Pelicans have been around for over 40 million years, the earliest fossil Pelecanus being found in early Miocene deposits in France.

Thank you for all your votes and lovely comments on 'shake a tail feather', I appreciate your encouragement so much.

f/5.6 1/400sec ISO 200

Tags: Wildlife Birds Pelican Waterbird Wildlife and nature Zoological park

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User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 11:33AM
Beautifully done .. shows with a little consideration at these parks what you can achieve.. Nice one

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gary_d 11 576 13 Wales
20 Apr 2008 11:43AM
Yet another stunning image, I just don't think i am qualified to comment on this type of perfection. - gary
luxaeternam 12 21 1
20 Apr 2008 11:47AM
Wonderful. Is that enough to describe this capture?
Well done Geoff.
Smile Lucy
OAKEY 11 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 11:52AM
Yes a very very good shot. Love the composition and super detail. Great work. Shaun.
20 Apr 2008 11:58AM
Amazing texture in the feathers, great composition.
plugin 15 1 Canada
20 Apr 2008 12:12PM
Stunning.. well composed and full of detail!
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 12:16PM
absolutely great (like it!) love it - so well done
20 Apr 2008 12:35PM
Nice quality and well captured
lammie 15
20 Apr 2008 12:46PM
Beautiful image very well composed.
20 Apr 2008 1:44PM
Beautiful detail, another great shot.
proz 15 205 United States
20 Apr 2008 2:02PM
brilliant image.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 2:52PM
Part of its charm is the absence of any sign of captivity, but I also like the preening stance and the light, showing those feathers and that beak to perfection.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
20 Apr 2008 3:00PM
What a great capture, wonderful detail and s nicely composed.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
20 Apr 2008 3:19PM
Awesome capture of this juge bird-- showing no signs of your company-- Well captured-- exposure is spot on!

MandsH 12 England
20 Apr 2008 7:53PM
An excellent shot, lighting is great
Rylands 11 1 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 7:53PM
A truly superb shot in every way
piccy 13 8 Wales
20 Apr 2008 8:18PM
Lovely detail and such a nice pose.
csr 12 3 England
20 Apr 2008 8:21PM
Yes a very good shot. Love the composition and super detail. Great work.
rmr 12 1 Wales
20 Apr 2008 9:08PM
superb detail ,amazing size on the beak
well done
SueTurner 15 81 3 England
20 Apr 2008 9:16PM
what fab detail and like the composition too
digiray63 12 4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 10:50PM
Superb capture, detail and composition.
pennyspike 16 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 11:26PM
Very good feather detail and a lovely clear eye.
Many years ago in Cyprus a pelican took up residence in Paphos and became such a celebrity it would pose taking tops off beer bottles. I think it lived for years and since then others have followed suit.
User_Removed 13 16 England
20 Apr 2008 11:40PM
Wonderful shot with superb detail; and a fine composition
Ridgeway 12 222 2 Ireland
21 Apr 2008 10:06AM
Great shot,looks as if he has just woken up,,
Thanks for the background information too.
norton 15 6 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 10:42AM
Lovely detail and clarity,well captured............

robway 14 318 Wales
21 Apr 2008 1:15PM
Great capture and composition.
21 Apr 2008 2:33PM
Another great capture love your p/f.
AlanBW 13 20 England
21 Apr 2008 3:59PM
Wonderful pose and detail; a quality capture
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 6:41PM
Captured a super pose here and quality
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 9:07PM
Lovely detail and you achieved what you set out to show well. Ina
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
21 Apr 2008 9:31PM
Thank you for all your votes and comments, much appreciated.
22 Apr 2008 12:22AM
Fantastic photos 1 and all. How can i take photos like this.........
Libby_M 12 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 7:00AM
fab clear sharp shot
so much detail well taken
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
22 Apr 2008 10:26AM
Superb detail and a great pose preening Geoff
Super capture
Moj_o 11 10 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 10:36AM
Stunning shot Smile

photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
22 Apr 2008 1:42PM
Lovely pov of the pelican. Well composed Geoff.
audi_db 12 8 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:08PM
Excellent picture, i like the backlight head and neck and the body is well lit. Good pose that shows the tru size of the Pelican.
Thanks for the comment and advice on my pictures, very helpful thanks.
daffydill56 15 190 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2008 9:12PM
This is a beauty! Lovely detail, composition and lighting.

riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
23 Apr 2008 10:29PM
excellent capture of the plumage, far from easy!
franfoto 12 2 32 England
23 Apr 2008 11:22PM
A lovely shot Geoff, How can I possibly compete?
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 5:01PM
Hi Geoff....brilliant shot of this brilliant bird.

I have some pelican shots from Chester zoo :
....don't think i'm gonna post 'em now though....LOL
tigertimb 11 40 66 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 7:50PM
Great shot Geoff; superb detail and I love the action you've captured

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