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Photographed at Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
HDR in Photoshop CS5

June 14/12

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May 7/12

Average life span in the wild:
10 to 25 years or more
Body, 5.8 ft (1.8 m); wingspan, 10 ft (3 m)
30 lbs (13 kg)
There are more than half a dozen species of pelicans, but all of them have the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known. These large birds use their elastic pouches to catch fish—though different species use it in different ways.

Many pelicans fish by swimming in cooperative groups. They may form a line or a “U” shape and drive fish into shallow water by beating their wings on the surface. When fish congregate in the shallows, the pelicans simply scoop them up. The brown pelican, on the other hand, dives on fish (usually a type of herring called menhaden) from above and snares them in its bill. Pelicans do not store fish in their pouch, but simply use it to catch them and then tip it back to drain out water and swallow the fish immediately. The American white pelican can hold some 3 gallons (11 1/2 liters) of water in its bill. Young pelicans feed by sticking their bills into their parents’ throats to retrieve food.

Pelicans are found on many of the world’s coastlines and also along lakes and rivers. They are social birds and typically travel in flocks, often strung out in a line. They also breed in groups called colonies, which typically gather on islands.

In North America, the brown pelican is endangered, but populations are recovering to some extent. The sea birds were devastated by chemical pesticides, such as DDT, which damaged the eggs of pelicans and many other species.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 2 years ago

    Wow!! What a beautiful capture!! Great clarity and composition my friend!!

  • thank you Blair!
    I got so many shots last night, the light was perfect, the birds so pure and white (nice water) and cooperative. I will wait to show more that I have ready. :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • thank you very much Ann

    – Vickie Emms

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    So lovely Vickie!!! They did a story on our local news about the return of White Pelicans to Minnesota – I have not seen any, but wow – beautiful!! Fantastic image!!

  • We saw a lot last evening at a spot where I know always to find them. They are so clean and white because the water is a river and it’s nice and clean. Thanks so much, I love the Pelican, they are beautiful and interesting to watch.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 2 years ago

    oh I love this Sis! Such gorgeous detail A fave for sure! >)) Leslie

  • We went to see them last night sis, another special part of our anniversary. I knew they would be at Seven Sisters Falls. I had to copy you, sis, LOL. Hope you don’t mind.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray

    – Vickie Emms

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Just a beautiful capture Vickie.

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  • thank you very much DG

    – Vickie Emms

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture !

  • TWO?
    Wow Evita, I can’t thank you enough, I’m thrilled to pieces.

    – Vickie Emms

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful capture, perfectly done !

  • thank you very much Carlos

    – Vickie Emms

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Vickie

  • thank you Keith

    – Vickie Emms

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