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The Australian Pelican is Australia's largest flying bird with wingspan up to 3.5m and also has the world's largest bill which is up to 47cm. The bill is an expandable pouch used to catch and hold fish. The lower pouch turns a scarlet colour with a blue stripe and the throat yellow during courtship. They forage both day and night for fish and crustaceans .
Australian Pelicans live in both fresh and salt water lakes, rivers, swamps and dams.
This pelican was spotted at the Boondall wetlands outside of Brisbane. A mosquito spraying helicopter startled him and he took flight along the water giving me this lovely shot.