A pelican, derived from the Greek word πελεκυς pelekys (meaning “axe” and applied to birds that cut wood with their bills or beaks) is a large water bird with a large throat pouch, belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, pelicans make up the order Pelecaniformes. Modern pelicans, of which there are eight species, are found on all continents except Antarctica. They primarily inhabit warm regions, though breeding ranges reach 45° south (Australian Pelican, P. conspicillatus) and 60° North (American White Pelicans, P. erythrorhynchos, in western Canada). Birds of inland and coastal waters, they are absent from polar regions, the deep ocean, oceanic islands, and inland South America. (From Wikipedia)
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ikeharel (77153) 2012-04-27 7:53
A beautiful capture on four birds at one photo, Eleu.
Not an easy task to take birds in action, yet you managed a perfect clear image and a fabulous moment.
Have a nice weekend.
CLODO (35608) 2012-04-27 7:53
good decomposition of the pelican dive!
maloutim (9639) 2012-04-27 8:59
What a decisive moment and well-timed capture when you caught these 4 pelicans diving together.
Great sharpness of the birds and of the splashing water. I love the contrast with the golden, blurred background.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-04-27 9:33
Brilliant timing Eleu - What a fantastic action shot. Fine detail too! Have a great weekend and thanks for this excellent shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Miguel82 (27720) 2012-04-27 10:13
Superb picture at a decisive moment Eleu
good colors and clarity
have a nice day
rychem (41596) 2012-04-27 10:42
Wow! Fantastic frozen scene, excellent timing, perfect sharpness of the birds,
mesutilgim (97138) 2012-04-27 10:45
Hello dear Eleu,
Amazing capture with perfect timing !
It's a shot which should find a place in natural history books.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (58234) 2012-04-27 10:48
A well captured and very instructive photo. And not just that: It's beautiful too!
cornejo (46048) 2012-04-27 11:44
Hello Eleu, spectacular shot to capture this good composition, dramatic image of pelicans fishing, very good technique and quality, excellent and beautiful work my friend, my congratulations. Tfs.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
MJR (3360) 2012-04-27 11:57
What a corker !
Decisive moment indeed. I was trying to tell myself you had overlaid a motor drive sequence, but clearly that is not the case.
Stunning clarity and stop action shot, and the three birds in near perfect sequence - fantastic..
Sonata11 (33971) 2012-04-27 12:04
You captured this scene with pelicans wonderfully and flawlessly. Fabulous timing, an excellent situation. Perfect management of light, colors, marvellous sharpness, clatity, POV. Eleu, you captured the splashing water an amazingly beautiful. Perfectly well executed. I really love it.
All the best and have a nice WE,
ourania (50541) 2012-04-27 12:07
this is a brilliant, amazingly sharp and clear, beautiful, interesting, fascinating picture. I love the powerful and elegant movement, the marvellous lighting and colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-27 17:07
What a sweet shot Eleu!! It's like we get multiple scenes of one bird taking the dive into the water. Excellent POV with crazy clarity and not to forget perfect timing Eleu, Great Job!!
TFS............Your Friend from NORCAL...............Buddy
jhm (158854) 2012-04-28 0:54
What a moment image with the four pelicans on one picture.
Certainly all in a specially position, everybody in full action.
Excellent composition nice presentation.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
Have a nice Saturday,
emad (284) 2012-04-28 1:23
abmdsudi (57176) 2012-04-28 7:38
Fantastic Capture four for Dinner!
A sensational zoom-in capture of so elusive graceful birds well composed from corner to corner. This is a great diving action shot, there's almost an angelic feel to it too in some strange sort of way not often seen let alone photographed. I always find these creatures fascinating with those huge beaks, the action poses and the splashes. Really well photographed, brilliant timing at a perfect angle freezing the motion, coz you only get one attempt at a shot like this. The plumage details and water are perfectly seen and each filling the frame so well and excellently focused for maximum sharpness. Absolutely stunning!! This is a great piece of natural action so well taken. Bravo :)
TFS, Have a great WE
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-28 14:23
Wow.Incredible shoot.Awesome synchronization.Great image for a magazing about nature.Nice colors and POV.I relly love your result.
siamesa (28123) 2012-04-29 16:33
Boa noite Eleu
Spectacular this dance of these birds. Fantastic composition.Superb capture. TFS
fritzi007 (12106) 2012-05-01 12:23
auf deinen Foto bewegt sich sehr viel, wirklich gut gemacht!