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The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a massive member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe to India and China in swamps and shallow lakes. This huge bird is the largest of the pelicans and one of the largest living bird species. It measures 160 to 183 cm (5 ft 3 in to 6 ft 0 in) in length, 9–15 kg (20–33 lb) in weight and 290–351 cm (9 ft 6 in–11 ft 6 in) in wingspan. Its mean weight of around 11.5 kg (25 lb) makes it the world’s heaviest flying bird species, although the largest individuals among male bustards and swans may be heavier than the largest individual Dalmatian Pelican.
The Dalmatian Pelican is found in lakes, rivers, deltas and estuaries. Compared to the Great White Pelican, the Dalmatian is not as tied to lowland areas and will nest in suitable wetlands at many elevations. It is less opportunistic in breeding habitat selection than the Great White, usually returning to a traditional breeding site year after year unless it becomes completely unsuitable. During the winter, Dalmatian Pelicans usually stay on ice-free lakes in Europe or jheels (seasonal lakes) in India. They also visit, typically during winter, inshore areas along sheletered coasts for feeding.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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Comments

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonabout 5 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thanks a lot Mark! Cheers, Kon

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Dec 1,2009

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you very much, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Your welcome

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyabout 5 years ago

    Great shot. Congrats on your feature.:)

  • Thanks a lot Susan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Heather Prince
    Heather Princeabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Heather, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, well done!!!

  • Thanks a lot Gisela!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloiabout 5 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Euphemia
    Euphemiaabout 5 years ago

    τέλειο πλανάρισμα… και κλικ!

  • Thank you Euphemia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Konstantinos.

  • Thanks a lot Philip!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    A fabulous capture!!!!!!

  • Many thanks Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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