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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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Comments


GrahamNobles 8 9 4 England
8 Jan 2009 12:01PM
Yes, gorgeous detail in the plumage.
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8 Jan 2009 12:03PM
Just love pelicans ... and this wonderful shot.
Mac
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
8 Jan 2009 12:16PM
Quite fantastic, and the detail in the plumage is stunning. A superb capture and presentation. Carol
colin63 8 6 England
8 Jan 2009 12:26PM
Quality shot, great presentation

Colin
SueTurner 11 81 3 England
8 Jan 2009 12:31PM
pelicans are so photogenic, captured really well,good detail in the feathers
jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
8 Jan 2009 12:56PM
Beautiful image, really nice fine detail.
John
8 Jan 2009 12:57PM
Excellent portrait
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
8 Jan 2009 1:03PM
Cracking shot Andrew.
Tom.
Cormy 8 3 England
8 Jan 2009 1:07PM
Top Class image Andrew.The detail is superb
Cheers
mikbee 9 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.
Mick.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
8 Jan 2009 1:29PM
Great details

Peter
8 Jan 2009 2:45PM
yes went there my self he was sitting in middle of the path superb shot
Dawn
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 3:05PM
He is rather gorgeous.
Mavis
8 Jan 2009 3:20PM
great shot, well taken.
peter
8 Jan 2009 3:45PM
Great detail a colour, lovely composition

Jon
casson 10 3 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 4:09PM
Lovely image, well presented
john
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
8 Jan 2009 4:38PM
Super closeup Andrew and you have managed to hold some excellent detail in the plumage.
Ron
Ray42 8 3 England
8 Jan 2009 4:39PM
Good detail and colour - a well portrayed shot as well
mrswoolybill Plus
9 968 1494 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!
Moira
8 Jan 2009 4:57PM
A fantastic image.
Dave
beckas 12 5 1 United States
8 Jan 2009 5:05PM
Very beautiful! I really love this!
Pegon 11 78 1 England
8 Jan 2009 5:19PM
A beautiful capture.
Pete.
49er 10 564
8 Jan 2009 5:29PM
nice shot well presented..
Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 5:30PM
quality bird portrait mate , glows

Dave
teocali Plus
8 441 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.
Sylvia
RAUL 8 Italy
8 Jan 2009 5:50PM
Beautiful image Andrew.

P.s. Thank you very much for the award.
Thanks.
Raul.
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 6:12PM
Superb image, amazing detail and comp, just spot on. Shaun
exposure 12 3.7k England
8 Jan 2009 6:17PM
Beautiful feather detail tones and composition Andrew.
Pauline.
Campbell 7 1 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 6:21PM
Excellent image, stunning detail and colours.
Peter
goso 10 2 1 Australia
8 Jan 2009 6:35PM
Lovely image Andrew.........Bill
koka 8 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 6:36PM
what a beautiful shot - the feathers look so soft and warm. Katie
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 Jan 2009 6:36PM
Very special!
Excellent focus, aperture control and composition!
Jennnnn
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
8 Jan 2009 6:39PM
Fabulous shot with exquisite tones and wonderful detail; a winner. Interesting write up too.
Rende
Roly 9 Wales
8 Jan 2009 7:28PM
Excellent.
imagio 10 12 1 England
8 Jan 2009 7:29PM
superb capture Andrew with fab detail

Bernie
astyag 9 12
8 Jan 2009 7:40PM
Beautiful shot, fascinating pose from the pelican as well, very well edited the background
Astyag
Hebe 9 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 7:43PM
A magnificent shot, and what beautiful plumage you have captured.
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
8 Jan 2009 7:54PM
TOP-SHOT.

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

Stace
User_Removed 12 239 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.

Gerry
8 Jan 2009 9:01PM
Stunning definition on the feathers. Sylvia
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
8 Jan 2009 10:08PM
Fabulous detail....
allan_j 8 46 Scotland
8 Jan 2009 10:20PM
stunning picture m8....john
8 Jan 2009 10:20PM
Fantastic shot mate.
John
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 10:55PM
Excellent detail and clarity,fantastic shot,well captured..............

Tony.
MandsH 9 England
9 Jan 2009 12:17AM
Wonderful detail
Mandy
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
9 Jan 2009 1:23AM
Beautiful portrait.
Brian
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
9 Jan 2009 7:58AM
quality work Bro
User_Removed 8 1 8 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2009 2:13PM
Superb photography!

Al.
danbrann Plus
12 621 17
9 Jan 2009 3:07PM
You have done well to retain detail in all of those whites. a superb image Andrew.
Borzos 8
9 Jan 2009 7:59PM
Perfect shot!!
Edina
proz 12 205 United States
10 Jan 2009 2:57PM
this is perfection!
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Jan 2009 4:46PM
The feather detail is simply first class in this terrific image
FeatherFriend 8 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.
Geoff.
11 Jan 2009 10:39AM
Brilliant!
Johanna
piccy 10 8 Wales
12 Jan 2009 8:53PM
Beautiful shot.
Freda
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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