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These were caught on the Bega River South of Sydney in NSW

The Australian Pelican is found all around Australia and is the biggest of the 8 species of Pelicans found worldwide. Pelicans as a whole are big birds with a very large wingspan, large beaks and are very well known One of the reason such a big bird can fly is that its skeleton is very light (10% of their weight). Australian Pelicans are white in colour with black wingtips and black markings on their tail. Behind their head and part way down their neck there is a “streak” of gray Their bill and very large bill pouch are pink and is the longest beak/bill of any, of all the types of Pelicans in the world , whilst their legs and feet are blue-gray in colour. They are so buoyant they cannot sink under water, though unlike most water birds they do not have a lot of water proof oil on their feathers etc so they can get wet and cold .

1/640 @ f1 ISO100 FujiS5Pro Nikon 70-200 @ 145 mm

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Played with photography since early High School. Since moving to the Yukon in 1997 I have become much more involved and am now comfortable in Photoshop although there is always more to learn. The Yukon is a great canvas and would recommend it for most everyone’s Bucket List

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,
    .

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 2 years ago


    Sept 10 – 1 Image per 24 hrs

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

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  • Phil Campus
    Phil Campusalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot!!

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 1 year ago


    2012/12/11
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  • Many thanks for the vote of approval. Will get into the group this evening

    – Yukondick

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago


    24.1.13

    many congrats on been in the top five

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 1 year ago

    A great capture !
    Bega is 147k (90miles) south of where we live :)

  • We crossed the bridge and noticed these guys plus some fishermen in the pond so pulled a u-turn and went back. Loved our month in Aus. although all we saw was the coastline of about 40% from Kalbarri to Sydney + a lot of Tas.

    – Yukondick

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