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There are seven species of pelicans in the world, all of which are similar in shape and, with one exception, are primarily white in colour. Males are larger than females. The most characteristic feature of pelicans is the elongated bill with its massive throat pouch. The Australian Pelican’s bill is 40 cm – 50 cm long and is larger in males than females. Pelicans have large wings and a wingspan of 2.3 m – 2.5 m.
Pelicans have an extremely light skeleton, weighing less than 10% of their total body weight.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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australian pelican, pelecanus conspicillatus, waterbird, sunset, estuary, flight

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 3 years ago

    Nice one.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Magnificient! Love the bg too!

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Many thanks Kathy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 3 years ago

    Amazing capture, simply beautiful.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • zippetydoo
    zippetydooover 3 years ago

    !

  • S .
    S .over 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerover 3 years ago

    Fine piece!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

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