Pelican Pete by judygal

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Just another shot of one of the wonderful creatures at the Melbourne Zoo.

“Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I’m darned if I know how the helican.”
Dixon Lanier Merritt
(1879-1972)

The pelicans are indeed famous for their beaks, which they fill with huge gulps of water, strain out the liquid, and eat the remaining fish or squid.
And speaking of beaks, the Australian Pelican (left) is said to own the longest beak of any bird in the world. Pelicans are a very distinct group (all 8 species belong to a single genus), and there remains debate about which other birds are their closest relatives. Fossils of pelicans go back 40 million years so their feeding strategies have obviously been successful. However, two basic types of strategies are used: plunge-diving (used by the Brown Pelican of North America and its close relative along the western South American coast, the Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus) and group fishing (used by the various white pelicans of the world). A group of American White Pelicans for example, will form a line to chase schools of small fish into the shallows, and then scoop them up liberally. Adults have the odd bill protuberances in the breeding season, while younger birds do not.

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Comments

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrabout 5 years ago

    Nice capture…

  • Thank you very much for the compliment raymondo.

    – judygal

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Judy, well done my friend x

  • Thank you very much for the great compliment my good friend.xx

    – judygal

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 5 years ago

    How GREAT!!!!!!!
    Love this detailed and yummy image…he’s magnificent!!!
    and thank you for that info, too!!!
    and the poem….LOL

  • Thank you ever so much for the great compliment and the favourite my friend..I liked the poem too (although it is not my work) the name of the writer is there.. Just thought I would share it.

    – judygal

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 5 years ago

    I love that poem…learned it when I was a kid…
    And it’s perfect for your image!

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 5 years ago

    Cute! Hi Pete!

  • Thank you for the nice comment Kim.

    – judygal

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 5 years ago

    Just a very beautiful capture excellent

  • Thank you ever so much for the great compliment Malcolm.. Much appreciate it.

    – judygal

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 5 years ago
    hes a beauty .. wonderful capture
  • Thank you so much for the compliment Lucinda..Much appreciated.

    – judygal

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 5 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thank you ever so much for the great compliment Barry.. Much appreciated.

    – judygal

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 5 years ago

    well captured

  • Thank you very much for the compliment Trevor.

    – judygal

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful and beautiful capture Judy.

  • for the great compliment.

    – judygal

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