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Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Description:

Pelicans are highly mobile, searching out suitable areas of water and an adequate supply of food. Pelicans are not capable of sustained flapping flight, but can remain in the air for 24 hours, covering hundreds of kilometres. They are excellent soarers and can use thermals to rise to considerable altitudes. Flight at 1,000m is common, and heights of 3 000 m have been recorded. By moving from one thermal to the next, pelicans can travel long distances with a minimum of effort, reaching air speeds of up to 56 km/hour

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35 Comments (1–25)

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Thanks zulkifly for the link. It is great to see that the bird is looked after. And thanks tibiprada..

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

Awesome creature !

Zulkifly Amir
Zulkifly Amir 9 years ago

speaking of australian pelican, check this one.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/121...

its in the zoo, old and blind already. the zoo ranger will feed the pelican everyday, coz it can't see anymore

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

This is an AUSTRALIAN Pelican .. They live and breed in Australia..

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 9 years ago

wow, I thought pelicans cannot fly that far. By the way, I have seen captive pelican in the zoo and city park. the pelicans were seperated by about 10 meters wide pond. I'm wondering why captive pelicans don't fly away if they migrate. Do you have any ideas?

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

WOW.. Thanks.. 8-)

borzrach
borzrach 10 years ago

I just bought the poster.. It is now hanging in Silvie's room..

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks borzrach..

borzrach
borzrach 10 years ago

WHAT A SHOT. I love this photos. They are really great.

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thank you all... They are really looking like " HUG ME .. HUG ME"

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 10 years ago

Congrats Christiane! Totally worthy of a spotting of the day, that eye close up is wild! In my head, in those middle 2 pictures, the pelican is asking to be hugged :)

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 10 years ago

Beautiful!!

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks zulkifly.. It really looks like a painting.. Mother Nature's Painting!

Zulkifly Amir
Zulkifly Amir 10 years ago

wooow... really great shot. i thought hand painting, looks like pelican. its real thing.. great job christiane

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks p.young713..

p.young713
p.young713 10 years ago

Congratulations Christiane!

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

WOW.. Thanks Peter.. Pelicans are amazing birds..

peter
peter 10 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Pelicans can remain in the air for 24 hours, at heights of 3000m, while reaching air speeds of up to 56 km/hour."

http://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/post...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/83...

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

@ Yasser.. Thanks! Its great.. because they want me to take some more photos for them!

Gina9210
Gina9210 10 years ago

I cant blame them I love fishermen's bucket too!!...I love fish. And Congratulations for you and this beautiful Pelican for being part of the Birds Park!

Yasser
Yasser 10 years ago

Christiane, Congratulations!!! This will make a great poster print for the bird park!!! Love it. :)

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

They were standing on my feet!!! I guess they were used to people.. It was a popular fishing spot and this birds love fishermen's buckets!!

Gina9210
Gina9210 10 years ago

Wow! Christiane that's really a good shot! how closed were you when you've taken this shot?

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 10 years ago

Unbelievable picture. Wow.

Where do they get the make up from? :-)

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Wow Christiane!!

Christiane
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Christiane

6536, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Mar 30, 2010
Submitted on May 30, 2011

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