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The Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. Great White Pelicans are large birds with mass of 10 kg (22 lbs), 160 cm (63 in) long and with a 280 cm (110 inch) wingspan. The Great White Pelican is well adapted for aquatic life. The short strong legs and webbed feet propel it in water and aid the rather awkward takeoff from the water surface.
White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/750 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks a lot Lyn, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloiover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    Very cool capture, Konstantinos!

  • Thank you very much Sabrina!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaover 4 years ago

    Great shot….looks like the bird was having a hard time hitting the landing strip!

  • No, that’s the normal landing… Thanks a lot Tracey!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago
    • Nicely done.
  • Thank you Bradley!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsover 4 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks a lot Nicole!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    9 August 2010

  • My pleasure Trish!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh OUTSTANDING!!!!! <standing, applauding loudly!!!> Amazing timing … so so perfectly captured!!!!!!

  • Many thanks Lois, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ej29
    ej29over 4 years ago

    Great light on his face and love the water coming off it’s feet….wonderful action….excellent capture!!!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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