Pelican returning from its morning feed of 25 fish, at Dawn on the Macleay River, NSW

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Comments (10)

A.Lebacq on May 19, 2009

Very well captured this pelican Ian, nice reflection here, well done.

Greetings Arthur

Amelia Royan on May 19, 2009

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

Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2009

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)

Ghiocela on May 28, 2009

Very interesting all you told about this morning, so early, near the river! Amazing how many fish ate the pelican! Best wishes, Simona

Ian Stehbens on May 28, 2009

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!

Kind regards,

Ian (in Bali)

Olga I. Yakovenko on June 18, 2009

And how did it explain to you that they were 25? Acoording to its face, I think - 27. Olga

Amelia Royan on June 18, 2009

You must have missed the first 2 being eaten Ian. Maybe Olga id right :)

Ian Stehbens on June 19, 2009

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!!


~rol~ No Views! on June 24, 2009

Super greetings, roland

Ian Stehbens on June 25, 2009

Bonjour, Roland. Thanks for your appreciative comment.


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