Very well captured this pelican Ian, nice reflection here, well done.
It's a wonderful bird is the Pelican, it can hold more in its beak than ....
Beautiful photo Ian - we look forward to your next exhibition :)
Warm wishes, Amelia
Arriving here in the dark at 5:45am I had no idea what was in store for me. I had a general idea of the river and thought this maybe a worthwhile location with the sunrising a little north of east. I was enthralled! A colony of cattle egrets was roosting in the riverbank trees opposite, there was a very clear air across the dairying landscape opposite, and as the river was illuminated by the rising sun, the birds took to the air and the pelican and comorants saailed out from their sheltered creeks into the river to begin feeding.
This pelican glided inot the river and immmediately its head would go back onto its back, then it would rapidly thrust its beak forward, everytime catching another fish about 10-15 cm long. It was quite regular and I counted its catch of 25 as it fed for 17 minutes, then quietly it returned upstream to glide back into the small tributary creek, taking one more fish as it entered the creek. The cormorant swam in tandem with the pelican, making long shallow dives to take its catch, surfacing apace of the pelican.
Thanks Arthur and Amelia for your positive comments.
Ian (in transit in Sydney)
Very interesting all you told about this morning, so early, near the river! Amazing how many fish ate the pelican! Best wishes, Simona
Yes, Simona, I counted the pelican's catch and each was about half the size of one's hand, so he came back with a belly-full!
Ian (in Bali)
And how did it explain to you that they were 25? Acoording to its face, I think - 27. Olga
You must have missed the first 2 being eaten Ian. Maybe Olga id right :)
Dear Olga and Amelia,
Did you not notice that black U2 in the background? I had my spies out and every catch was recorded on CCTV!!
Super greetings, roland
Bonjour, Roland. Thanks for your appreciative comment.
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Photo taken in Frederickton NSW 2440, Australia
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