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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

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australian, pelecanus conspicillatus, pelican, perched, waterbird, wharf

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  • laurav
    lauravalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Many thanks, they are such characters!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent!!

  • Thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Like this one a lot!

  • Thanks me too, he looks so strong and defiant!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago


    8 September 2010 (one a day)

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