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Australian Pelicans

Pelecanus conspicillatus


These pelicans were in the Coorong National Park near the Goolwa Barrage. Pelicans are quite large birds, with a wingspan of over 2 metres. A pelican will catch a fish in its bill and then flip the bill up so it can gulp the fish straight down its throat. (One of the most horrible things I ever saw as a child was a pelican swallow a fish that was too big for it... it managed to get the fish down in several gulps, but then it waddled into the water and sank. Traumatic to watch.)

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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Lovely picture,

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice! What a story!

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5214, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jan 30, 2012
Submitted on Mar 6, 2012

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