This is a very cute little guy I met at Woy Woy. There was a massive flock of pelicans feeding here in the afternoon. I named my new friend Spike because of his hair-style.
200mm using 70-200mm f/4L lens
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mirosu (15156) 2012-12-05 0:24
You have made a good attempt here, choosing to go in tight on the Australian Pelican. The composition works well, and the focus with shallower DOF draws the attention to the Pelican. The Pelican itself is very well-exposed, which can be tricky with predominantly white and black subjects.
Thanks to the soft light the Pelican's plumage is rendered incredibly well, with great feather detail, and it's also lovely and sharp.
carlo62 (37978) 2012-12-05 0:46
con che eleganza porta il suo grande becco, sembra che ci guardi con disappunto pensando....mhbèh non avete mai visto un becco???...
dkmurphys (52177) 2012-12-05 0:46
Funny title for this nice wild specimen. I like the "portrait", very well taken.
SnapRJW (31625) 2012-12-05 1:09
Ha-ha Lisa - The minute I saw this a silly little limerick popped into my head and I have to share it with you. I always said it to my boys when we saw one down at the coast. So ... forgive me this little bit of nostalgia please.
A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
"The Pelican" (1910) by Dixon Lanire Merrith
A super shot and 'Spike' is a perfect name for him. I have to say though his beady eye is looking at me in a most disconcerting way! Beautiful sharpness and detail on the feathers and I really love the baby-pink beak and pale yellow eye. Warm regards Rosemary
bayno (18344) 2012-12-05 1:29
un genere di foto a cui non ti dedichi tanto e invece sembri riuscire bene, non vedo la focale nei tuoi exif...ma credo che eri abbastanza vicina, molto belli i colori...ottima qualità...
lousat (81606) 2012-12-05 1:33
Ciao Lisa,una foto perfetta anche per treknature,qualcuno te la invidiera' sicuramente..ehhe..bel pellicano colto molto da vicino e grandi dettagli ed esposizione! Buona giornata,Luciano
francio64 (39675) 2012-12-05 2:13
Ciao ancora, Lisa,
bella immagine del pellicano che sembra essersi messo in posa per te.
Quando sono stato in Australia, non ho avuto la fortuna, nè il piacere di riuscire a vederne uno.
Buona la nitidezza e ben gestita la luce.
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2012-12-05 2:19
Gidday Lisa, and Gidday Spike!
Really nicely done Lisa, I find birds very difficult to capture, as no matter how many I take, on any setting, some part of them seems to always end up blurry, so the crystal clarity of this is really a treat. His colours are beautiful too, the pink bill looks great against his B&W body. He has a funny face too.
Thanks for sharing
annjackman (20697) 2012-12-05 2:25
What a fabulous bird. I like the way that it is displaying one of its wings in a cheeky 'hello' pose. The detail on its neck and feathers is super. The shallow DOF gives all the detail where it is needed - excellent.
Kind Regards, Ann
sabermonajati (10249) 2012-12-05 2:54
nice portrait you shot.light on body of bird management very well and you captured excellent frame from it.
abmdsudi (46176) 2012-12-05 3:02
A sensational macro zoom-in capture of so elusive graceful bird well composed from corner to corner. Seeing this close is absolutely awe inspiring, the incredible details and the plumage are just wonderful, so well focused for maximum sharpness, excellent eye contact and contrast stunningly to dark background. Really well photographed, brilliant timing at a perfect angle, this is a great piece of wild life shot. I think you must have been really pleased with this shot. Well done, TFS
trevormoffiet (3112) 2012-12-05 3:30
I am not sure if our international friends know how prolific these birds are in Australia, how often they are photographed and how often their images are presented for judging in camera clubs. Your image stands out from the crowd due to your composition, the bird's pose and the magnificent light in which you have captured 'him'. With the low angled light coming from behind the bird you have captured some nice highlights on the bird's raised wing and some nice rim light around the head, beak and neck. Detail is maintained within the darker parts.
All the best,
snunney (88944) 2012-12-05 4:22
A very good choice of name if I may say so. You have captured him under a good light and in exceptional detail. I wonder what Spike Milligan would have made of him?
I would be very happy to take you up on your offer of a list of places to visit around Sorrento. Perhaps I can email you nearer the time?
pajaran (54516) 2012-12-05 4:22
Lep pogled na pelikana ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst, lepo pokazan pelikan.
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Nice view of pelicans ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good article, nicely shown by a pelican.
Good text with the given data for the used technique and image elements.
All the best.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-12-05 5:01
one of my friends is called Spike and he looks just like this! ;-) Joking aside this is just a gorgeous shot of this Spike. Love the light and detailing here plus the wonderful eye and beak colouring. The patterns on the water are such a pleasing backdrop and make him/her stand out so magnificently. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (66163) 2012-12-05 5:36
I hope that you don't give a name to every bird you encounter, but that one deserved to be baptise. I like the light on the white feather. I think he has an eye on you.
Have a nice day
thebest (4276) 2012-12-05 16:38
A beautiful image of the pelican - the clarity of your photo is Excellent - A very pleasing photo.
Lisa I would like to wish you & your family '' A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS '' with much love & good health in the New Year.
If you ever come to the Highlands of N.S.W happy to entertain you.
Dawn & better include Gus eh!!! xo
Sonata11 (33576) 2012-12-05 18:59
I like this a little fellow, you captured him wonderfully and flawlessly. Perfectly well done with fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity. Awesome shot. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (78388) 2012-12-05 23:02
Très jolie prise de ce pélican au plumage ébouriffé . Belle utilisation de la lumière latérale qui donne de jolies couleurs à l'ensemble.
emilbo (22616) 2012-12-06 6:27
Le pélican est vraiment magnifique et ta photo nous le montre bien dans toute sa beauté. Ceux que j'ai vus étaient plutôt gris mais la qualité d'image et le bel éclairage nous laissent bien voir les détails de ce beau plumage noir et blanc. Il est bien mis en valeur devant le fond foncé et transparent de l'eau. Excellent travail.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
tyro (21748) 2012-12-06 12:10
Ciao cara Lisa,
Oh, I do like your new friend! And what an appropriate name - Spike - I like that too.
I was going to quote the same little poem which Rosemary did but I won't be repetitive (for once!) though I do remember it was one of my Mum's favourite little ditties.
Spike looks pretty cool - and pretty smug too, I think - and you have caught him in the most delicious oblique light which not only shows off his beautiful plumage to great effect but also really highlights his wonderful hair-style which is, after all, what really made you fancy him so much. But that we could all turn the ladies' heads as only Spike can do!
A fabulous photograph (the only photograph I know of yours which shows a close up of one of these birds though you have shown us flocks of them in the distance before) with lovely light, perfect exposure (in difficult conditions of very strong contrasts), lovely soft colours and stunning details and sharpness.
Oh, and that big beady eye!
mkamionka (32297) 2012-12-06 13:25
I love pelicans. Great portrait of the bird.
It seems to be staring at you.
Very well done,
danos (89855) 2012-12-07 0:49
nice the view of this charmy pelican as is feeding in the pool.I like the close up shot with the retails and the light and the colours management to are captured superb.
jemaflor (88737) 2012-12-07 2:16
Well taken and interesting effect with the light on the bird, perfect sharpness, tfs.
sacimar (26201) 2012-12-07 13:03
this is a great image of this bird, I like the details you show here and the composition with the light and dark areas, well seen,
mauro61 (52631) 2012-12-09 2:16
molto brava nel fermare il movimento dell'animale e ad usare il controluce come arricchimento della foto.
Ottima la tecnica e la qualità,
un grande abbraccio
Royaldevon (32993) 2012-12-09 3:27
Hello Dear Lisa,
I think Spike approves of his new name. He is certainly cocking an appreciative eye, a little flurry of the wing, in your direction!
A very attractive, close-up, which gives excellent textural details and uses a well chosen dof.
Have a lovely day,
ourania (35832) 2012-12-09 6:34
Ciao cara Lisa,
superbo questo rittratto del bello Spike che posa con professionalita' e piacere. La nitidezza e l' inquadratura sono stupende. Mi piaciono tantissimo le tonalita' colpite gentilmente dalla luce bella, chiara e morbida. E' meraviglioso il modo che Spike spicca contro lo sfondo scuro e lustro. Un' immagine gradevolissima, complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti ebuona settimana,
Gigidusud (17673) 2012-12-09 13:08
Eh eh eh!Bellissimo il tuo amico Spike!Splendida cattura con grande nitidezza e belli colori naturali. Foto con ottima qualità.
Ti auguro una bella settimana.
Silvio1953 (129256) 2012-12-10 1:27
Ciao Lisa, sei molto brava anche con gli uccelli, gran bella cattura di un favoloso, pellicano in gran posa, ottima nitidezza, splendid dettagli, bella luce e magnific colori naturali, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
marabu61 (9385) 2012-12-10 7:00
a cute and funny looking little guy. Well presented bird portrait indeed.
have a good week
macjake (60564) 2012-12-10 10:47
so is Spike a male of female! other than stating the obvious...how do you tell a male from a female pelican?
its funny how when you look at photo's of animals, you think you know how they look but when you really study the big guy here ya see things that stand out. for example the yellow eye shadow lol
and their beaks are amazing arent they! pretty cool looking guy this Spike is!
I wanted to ask you...and forgive me if alot of people have already asked....whats your take on the Australian radio jockies that pranked that Nurse who took her own life? I suppose its causing quite the stir in your native land!
see you around
photoray (13408) 2012-12-11 14:25
Excellent composition for the lighting direction, fine resolution and up close of this attractive pelican. Definitely different specie from our Brown California Pelicans.
Also good use of less focused surrounding water, to emphasize the star - Spike.
Have a productive and fun filled Summer,
fabbs99 (16815) 2012-12-11 20:51
Another great closeup shot of the pelican.Creative and unique composition.Good sharpness, contrast and perspective and beautiful colors.Very well done.TFS.
Have a great day
kordinator (19856) 2012-12-15 0:32
Elegant portrait of this small pelican.
Fantastic composition and sharpness.
Perfectly well done with fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity.
I love it.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-12-15 9:12
As I try to get over yet another wonderful Aussie place name (Woy Woy? Really?) I have to add my praise on this, a great moment captured for a really good-looking pelican. Especially in motion like this guy is, this isn't an easy capture, but you got it effortlessly, with wonderful light and framing to enhance the scene. Great muted colors as well.
ikeharel (62061) 2012-12-19 4:10
Nice to have new friends...
Beautiful photo portrait to a pelican, great outlines of his feathers and beak, with a fascinating eye-ball in yellow & black.
Fine picture collected.
Alex-HPA (0) 2012-12-27 22:47
very nice shot