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Australian Pelican (pair)

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Description:

The Australian Pelican is a large waterbird of the family Pelecanidae. It is a predominantly white bird with black wings and a pink bill. It has been recorded as having the longest bill of any living bird. It mainly eats fish, but will also consume birds and scavenges for scraps. I've actually seen one eat a turtle, and have heard of two cases where small dogs have been taken at beach locations. True story!

Habitat:

Spotted this lovely pair by the Manning River in Taree, on the mid-north coast of NSW.

Notes:

Not too long after sunrise and these two were preparing for the day by doing some synchronized grooming. Then it was off for a paddle.

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4 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks outsidegirl0 :-)

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 8 years ago

awesome series!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Mona. These two were a lovely pair.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Beautiful series..

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Taree, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Aug 1, 2013
Submitted on Aug 9, 2013

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