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.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


australian, little black cormorants, pelecanus conspicillatus, pelican, ponds, reflections, waterbird, wetlands

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thanks Robert!

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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful reflection.

  • Thanks Deborah …. a small break in the rain!

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  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

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  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture !

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  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

  • Jennifer Saville
    Jennifer Savilleabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful colour and reflection. Congrats on your feature!

  • Many thanks!

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleabout 3 years ago

    beautiful composition light and tones.

  • Many thanks Aimelle!

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