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A white pelican preening its feathers with that very long bill. Taken at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 tz lens at 250 mm
Blackened background in Photoshop7

Top Ten Winner in the “Preening Birds” challenge in The Addicted Photographer, May 31, 2011

FEATURED in Animal & Wild Bird Photography, April 23, 2011

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Wonderful close-up. It’s a beautiful bird.

  • Thanks so very much, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Awesome . . . love the feathers on the back of his neck!!!

  • Thanks, Lori. I don’t know how they preen with those long beaks. It looks so awkward to me!

    – AuntDot

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    What an incredible nature shot.

  • Thanks, Lori. I appreciate your kind comment.

    – AuntDot

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Very nice capture.

  • Thanks, Mark. I’m glad you like it.

    – AuntDot

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    This is so lovely Dot, great capture, they look like gentle birds.

  • Thanks so much, Andrea. Appreciate it as always!

    – AuntDot

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Dot!

  • Thank you, Rainy!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 3 years ago

    Fabulous, Dot – love it!

  • Thanks so much, Monnie. I’ve been wanting to post this one for a while, but the background was ugly. I finally had the idea to turn it black, and I’m pleased with the way it came out!

    – AuntDot

  • Doug Dawson
    Doug Dawsonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant portrait! Well taken.

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, Doug.

    – AuntDot

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    oh what a great shot Dot !

  • Thanks so much, Elaine!

    – AuntDot

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