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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, pair

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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  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Deb.

  • Many thanks Phillip … raining AGAIN so no more shots for a bit!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 3 years ago

    Love this shot! Perfect!

  • Many thanks Lisa!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 3 years ago

    Yep you’re getting quite a bit up your way, hope all’s well with you and your loved ones.

  • We’re ok so far but many aren’t further north! No waterbird much, there’s so much water they don’t have to fly to the coast!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    A great shot Deb.

  • Many thanks, good shots are as rare as hen’s teeth at the moment with all the rain! Going to Bali on the 17th, probably raining there too!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    BRAVO, outstanding shot!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • imagetj
    imagetjover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Shot, I just got a shot of one of these the other day. They are so magnificent birds,
    Great action.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Fabuluos image, Deb!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 3 years ago

    Awesome !!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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