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Taken at Bateman’s Bay last year. This little guy kept trying for ages to swallow the bottle… but thank heavens he didn’t manage to get it down and eventually dropped it.

A reminder to us all that we need to recycle and to stop polluting our waterways…

Canon EOS 1000D


bird, bottle, pelican, pollution, recycle, water


  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    holy cow Mary, great shot! There must be yummy tasting bottles around your place!

  • Well, this little guy seemed to think so Jenny!! Or maybe it was just a cool drink he was after… :-)

    Thank you!!

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Magee
    Mageeover 4 years ago

    Good Grief Mare!! What an amazing shot! Should be posted at every waterway around Aus, sadly enough! Makes my heart ache, and my blood boil to see such a thing! :-/ xx

  • I know, Rob. Far too sad! I couldn’t believe my eyes when Ian pointed him out to me!! This is the least offensive one I took though… there’s another shot of the same subject that I’ll upload in a minute that’ll probably make your blood boil even hotter.

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Now added… :-)

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Melina Roberts
    Melina Robertsover 4 years ago

    amazing capture but also is quite sad, and yes good picture to educate people I think.

  • Thanks Melina! And yes… it was an amazing (and sad) sight.

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Magee
    Mageeover 4 years ago

    That second shot is nothing short of amazing Mary! It’s a miracle he didn’t swallow the darned thing!

  • Well, it wasn’t for the lack of trying, Rob!! He tried for ages!!

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Magee
    Mageeover 4 years ago

    Graphic evidence of the destructive power our species can wield over our environment. Let’s pray these images of yours, provoke reactions that will lead to a change in the human phyche. xxx Fave!!!!

  • Sim Baker
    Sim Bakerover 4 years ago

    You should send this to clean up Australia campaign !

  • I probably should send it somewhere.. just not sure where!! xx

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    Awesome shot!

  • Thank you! It was a lucky shot for me… not so lucky for the poor little pelican, though. Thanks for the visit and fave. :-)

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Calin Jugarean
    Calin Jugareanabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous work.

  • Thanks Calin! :-)

    – Mary Trebilco

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago

    Brillant work

  • Thank you! :)

    – Mary Trebilco

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Mary! Your image won the environmental awareness challenge What a fantastic achievement and amazing image. I hope he didn’t choke in that bottle.
    Kind regards , Esther

  • Oh wow.. this is a lovely surprise! Thank you so much!!
    And no, I’m happy to say that he didn’t choke … he gave up and dropped it after trying to swallow it for quite some time. :-)

    – Mary Trebilco

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