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Pelican in St James Park.

By Scaramanga
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.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: TerryMcK, GrahamNobles, Skye24Blue and 97 more

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8 Jan 2009 12:01PM
Yes, gorgeous detail in the plumage.

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Just love pelicans ... and this wonderful shot.
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
8 Jan 2009 12:16PM
Quite fantastic, and the detail in the plumage is stunning. A superb capture and presentation. Carol
8 Jan 2009 12:26PM
Quality shot, great presentation

SueTurner Plus
13 81 3 England
8 Jan 2009 12:31PM
pelicans are so photogenic, captured really well,good detail in the feathers
jdenman Plus
9 18 5 Spain
8 Jan 2009 12:56PM
Beautiful image, really nice fine detail.
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
8 Jan 2009 12:57PM
Excellent portrait
Buffalo_Tom Plus
11 2.3k 9 Wales
8 Jan 2009 1:03PM
Cracking shot Andrew.
Cormy Plus
10 3 England
8 Jan 2009 1:07PM
Top Class image Andrew.The detail is superb
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 1:28PM
And no wonder the pidgeons stay well clear, with a beak like that !!
Good detail in the feathers here.
Nice shot.
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
8 Jan 2009 1:29PM
Great details

yes went there my self he was sitting in middle of the path superb shot
8 Jan 2009 3:05PM
He is rather gorgeous.
great shot, well taken.
8 Jan 2009 3:45PM
Great detail a colour, lovely composition

8 Jan 2009 4:09PM
Lovely image, well presented
Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
8 Jan 2009 4:38PM
Super closeup Andrew and you have managed to hold some excellent detail in the plumage.
8 Jan 2009 4:39PM
Good detail and colour - a well portrayed shot as well
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1855 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 4:47PM
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!
A fantastic image.
beckas Plus
14 5 1 United States
8 Jan 2009 5:05PM
Very beautiful! I really love this!
Pegon Plus
12 78 1 England
8 Jan 2009 5:19PM
A beautiful capture.
49er Plus
11 564
8 Jan 2009 5:29PM
nice shot well presented..
Eviscera Plus
11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 5:30PM
quality bird portrait mate , glows

teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
8 Jan 2009 5:30PM
Awesome capture - incredible plumage detail esp when viewed large. Lovely presentation and the tight crop suits this so well.
8 Jan 2009 5:50PM
Beautiful image Andrew.

P.s. Thank you very much for the award.
8 Jan 2009 6:12PM
Superb image, amazing detail and comp, just spot on. Shaun
exposure Plus
13 5.3k England
8 Jan 2009 6:17PM
Beautiful feather detail tones and composition Andrew.
8 Jan 2009 6:21PM
Excellent image, stunning detail and colours.
goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
8 Jan 2009 6:35PM
Lovely image Andrew.........Bill
8 Jan 2009 6:36PM
what a beautiful shot - the feathers look so soft and warm. Katie
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
8 Jan 2009 6:36PM
Very special!
Excellent focus, aperture control and composition!
Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
8 Jan 2009 6:39PM
Fabulous shot with exquisite tones and wonderful detail; a winner. Interesting write up too.
8 Jan 2009 7:28PM
imagio Plus
11 12 1 England
8 Jan 2009 7:29PM
superb capture Andrew with fab detail

astyag Plus
10 12
8 Jan 2009 7:40PM
Beautiful shot, fascinating pose from the pelican as well, very well edited the background
8 Jan 2009 7:43PM
A magnificent shot, and what beautiful plumage you have captured.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
8 Jan 2009 7:54PM

9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 8:03PM
such an outstanding image it must be in line for some award!!
fabulous work
8 Jan 2009 8:36PM
Beautiful, superb detail.
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
8 Jan 2009 8:54PM
Super detail

User_Removed 13 239 7 England
8 Jan 2009 8:56PM
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.

Stunning definition on the feathers. Sylvia
8 Jan 2009 10:08PM
Fabulous detail....
allan_j Plus
10 46 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 10:20PM
stunning picture m8....john
Fantastic shot mate.
8 Jan 2009 10:55PM
Excellent detail and clarity,fantastic shot,well captured..............

9 Jan 2009 12:17AM
Wonderful detail
Brilane Plus
11 5 12 Wales
9 Jan 2009 1:23AM
Beautiful portrait.
9 Jan 2009 7:58AM
quality work Bro
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2009 2:13PM
Superb photography!

danbrann Plus
13 636 17
9 Jan 2009 3:07PM
You have done well to retain detail in all of those whites. a superb image Andrew.
Perfect shot!!
proz 13 205 United States
10 Jan 2009 2:57PM
this is perfection!
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
10 Jan 2009 4:46PM
The feather detail is simply first class in this terrific image
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
10 Jan 2009 5:30PM

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

Couldn't have put it better myself Andrew, it's superb.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2009 10:39AM
piccy Plus
11 8 Wales
12 Jan 2009 8:53PM
Beautiful shot.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
27 Jan 2009 6:47AM
This is so beautiful Carol. To be able to see each individual feather like this is awesome. Wonderful capture.

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