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Pete the Pelican

Posted by
Jerry (Tampa, United States) on 2 February 2007 in Animal & Insect.

This is one of the big Pelicans that hang around the bait house on the St. Petersburg Pier - they will do anything for food...

Canon EOS 30D 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 17 mm

Wayne from Melbourne, Australia

Brilliant Shot...its almost like life imitating art in reference to the Pelican crossing sign behind =D Great colour capture too!

2 Feb 2007 5:15am

@Wayne: Thanks for the kind words Wayne! Have a great weekend!

Prashanth from Bengalooru, India

nice shot and he is huge!!

2 Feb 2007 5:45am

@Prashanth: Thanks and yes, he's a whopper! everyone around the pier feed these guys every day - big tourist attraction! Have a nice weekend!

Shuva Brata Deb from Hyderabad, India

Thats a very sharp shot...and I am seeing quite some number of birds today at aminus3.

2 Feb 2007 5:51am

@Shuva Brata Deb: Much thanks Shuva! have a wonderful weekend!

Francis from Hong Kong

That's a beautiful looking bird. Very sharp shot

2 Feb 2007 6:19am

@Francis: Thank you for your kind words Francis! have a wonderful weekend!

Kaushal from Netherlands

nice sho!! looks as if wants to be clicked...nice capture!

2 Feb 2007 6:43am

@Kaushal: Thanks kaushal! I was actually on my stomach in the street and the lady at the Bait House had given me some fish to entice this big boy closer...

Ee Yuing from Singapore

This is a great capture!

2 Feb 2007 7:25am

@Ee Yuing: Much thanks Ee! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sidonie from Sydney, Australia

The secret is the level at which you placed the camera - he's very personable because of it - so sharp too. Lovely shot, Jerry.

2 Feb 2007 8:59am

@Sidonie: Thank you Sidonie! I actually was on my stomach in the street and the lady at the bait house had given me a few fish to entice this big boy close... have a wonderful weekend!

Anne from White Rock, Canada

This one has cousins in Mexico - the beige/brown feathers and eyes. Bravo Jerry! Getting down to his level and close (17mm) really did the hat trick on this one. Makes my Pelicans look small!

2 Feb 2007 10:09am

@Anne: Thanks Anne! I had help - the lady that runs the Bait House actually calls them in and gave me a few fish to entice them closer - I got down in the street on my stomach and got the images - it was a lot of fun and these pelicans are big clowns! I'll check yours out. Have a great weekend!

Manuela Photography from Hainburg (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Love the low perspective and the good detail & lighting! Superb.

2 Feb 2007 11:16am

@Manuela Photography: Vielen Dank für die Art formuliert meinen Freund

Still from Valence, France

Wow! Really a great capture! I like this guy a lot.

2 Feb 2007 11:21am

@Still: Merci pour les mots gentils mon ami... Have a wonderful weekend!

Roland from Amstelveen, Netherlands

Quite a greedy one it seems when it comes to food..wondering how it manages to fly.. Great shot Jerry!

2 Feb 2007 12:34pm

@Roland: Thanks Roland! yes, I enticed him there with some small fish given to me by the lady that runs the Bait House...

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Pellicans have character! Cool shot!

2 Feb 2007 2:15pm

@Craiger: Thanks Craiger - yes, this one was a clown. The girl at the Bait House gave some fish to entice him close - I was actually on my stomach in the street...

Jen from United States

Big Pelican...he's huge and if he wanted my lunch he could have it! :0
Great shot! Looks like he doesn't mind posing for you.

2 Feb 2007 2:32pm

@Jen: Thanks - actually the girl at the Bait House gave some fish to entice them and I was actually laying on my stomach in th street....This one was a real clown..

Fred from Easton PA, United States

Great capture, I've never seen one that close up. He sure is a meaty devil, silly question..How are they for eating? lol

2 Feb 2007 2:53pm

@Fred: Thanks Fred! The girl at the Bait House gave some fish to entice them closer and I was on my stomach in the street - do not eat Pelican....They will put you in jail here for killing them...

MontereyJohn from California, United States

Marvelous shot.

2 Feb 2007 3:18pm

@MontereyJohn: Much thanks John!

shiqi from Singapore, Singapore

Great shot! it looks really cute. haha... in addition to the life one there's another one on the sign behind it. nice:)

2 Feb 2007 3:58pm

@shiqi: Great eye shiqi! Thanks for your kind words!

victor from new york, United States


2 Feb 2007 4:09pm

@victor: Thanks victor!

badala from Leiria, Portugal

Hello Pete!
Grand birds aren't they!! Great shot.

2 Feb 2007 6:03pm

@badala: Wonderful birds! Clowns! Thank you for your kind words!

Yanle from Singapore, Singapore

haha pelicans remind me of a friend of mine :X

2 Feb 2007 7:20pm

@Yanle: does he have a big beak??

Angry Buddha from United States

Great detail on this one. Nicely done with the sign behind him.

2 Feb 2007 7:43pm

@Angry Buddha: Good eye! And thanks for kind words!

Abdullah from Esfahan, Iran

everything is great!

3 Feb 2007 12:54am

@Abdullah: Many thanks for the kind words Abdullah!

Michael Zhang from New York City, United States

Great work filling up the frame with it. HUGE!

3 Feb 2007 1:13am

@Michael Zhang: Thanks Michael - I was actually on my stomach in the street and the lady from the Bait House had given me some fish to entice "Pete" closer - it worked!

Shiva from Kajang, Malaysia

Hahhahahahaha.. caption is funny! Reminds me of Bonk the Beagle... ( friends dog!)

Picture is good!

3 Feb 2007 1:26am

@Shiva: Thanks Shiva - glad you enjoyed!

Dan Meyers from Macomb, United States

This shot is amazing. Makes me jealous of the warmth as opposed to the icicles I see outside of my window. I like the pelican crossing sign as well!

3 Feb 2007 4:38am

@Dan Meyers: Thanks for the encouraging words Dan!

M.E. from Encino, United States

whoa! good one! this is nicely spotted, the pelican was obeying the walk signs for pelicans!

3 Feb 2007 3:23pm

@M.E.: many thanks for the encouraging words M.E.

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Hello Jerry, this is a relly cool photo of Pete "the Pelican", he is most wanted over here so your photo will help us to find this guy, Great Photo, congratulations!

3 Feb 2007 4:08pm

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Much thanks for the kind words Alfredo!

Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

An amazing shot, Jerry. This one inspired me to post a pelican photo today.

3 Feb 2007 8:19pm

@Nick Passantino: Thanks Nick! I'll check yours out!

Soodabeh from Yazd, Iran

I love its walking!
like a pregnant woman:)

4 Feb 2007 9:02am

@Soodabeh: Thanks Soodabeh!

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Magnifique, Jerry! Perfectly posed, Pete!

4 Feb 2007 9:23pm

@Damon Schreiber: J'apprécie vos commentaires !

frederic from antibes, France

So cute :)

4 Feb 2007 10:52pm

@frederic: Merci pour les mots gentils mon ami !

Maber from Lisboa, Portugal

Great moment, oportunity and shot!

6 Feb 2007 1:05am

@Maber: I appreciate the encouragement Maber!

Canon EOS 30D
1/500 second
ISO 200
17 mm