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The Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a massive member of the pelican family, and the world's largest freshwater bird.
The adults acquire a drabber plumage in winter, however, when they may be mistaken for great white pelicans.
The Dalmatian pelican is found in lakes, rivers, deltas and estuaries. Compared to the great white pelican, the Dalmatian is not as tied to lowland areas and will nest in suitable wetlands with many elevations. It is less opportunistic in breeding habitat selection than the great white, usually returning to a traditional breeding site year after year unless it becomes completely unsuitable. During the winter, Dalmatian pelicans usually stay on ice-free lakes in Europe or jheels (seasonal lakes) in India. They also visit, typically during winter, inshore areas along sheltered coasts for feeding.
This pelican usually migrates short distances. It is dispersive in Europe, based on feeding opportunities, with most western birds staying through the winter in the Mediterranean region. In the Danube Delta, Dalmatian pelicans arrive in March and leave by the end of August.
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- [2017-09-13 12:40]
Hi Marius,beautiful low point of view to show us the pelican in this magnificent perspective. A great capture another time,sharpness and exposure at the best level! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2017-09-13 18:38]
I have never heard of this particular type of pelican, it looks similar in some ways to the White Pelican. I really like the eye level POV you managed to capture. Excellent detail and great eye contact. I also like the way you have isolated it from the BG as well as foreground. Lovely color tones and perfectly exposed. Well done!!
a perfect portrait, TFS Ori
I though 'Dalmatians' were only a dog species, Marius!
Beautiful capture of this big bird in what looks like shallow waters.
The location too is very authentic.
Beautiful picture of this Pelican. Perfect WB and exposure. Low POV always look nice. In BG I think there is a flying Squacco Heron which to me bit distracting, otherwise left side OOF Gull looks nice to show its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing,