Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus. The pouched bill of the Australian pelican can be up to 50cm (1.5 feet) long. These massive seabirds use a wingspan topping 2.5 meters (8 feet) to glide gracefully, often for hundreds of miles, using thermal updrafts to gain altitude

Australian Pelican, The pouched bill of the Australian pelican can be up to feet) long. These massive seabirds use a wingspan topping meters feet) to glide gracefully, often for hundreds of miles, using thermal updrafts to gain altitude

Great Eastern White Pelican Flying, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Great Eastern White Pelican Flying, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) also known as the Eastern White Pelican, Rosy 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.

Funny pelican picture...Australian pelican braking in the air, coming to land

Australian pelican braking in the air, coming to land - View amazing Australian pelican photos - Pelecanus conspicillatus - on Arkive

Funny pelican picture...Australian pelican braking in the air, coming to land

Australian pelican braking in the air, coming to land - View amazing Australian pelican photos - Pelecanus conspicillatus - on Arkive

emuwren:  Australian Pelican__Pelecanus conspicillatus; is often seen around the coasts, where it can be seen roosting on sandbanks, rock platforms and reefs, or swimming in lagoons, bays and estuarine waters, dipping their oversized bills into the water to catch fish. However on the rare occasions that monsoonal rains flood the salt lakes in the arid inland of Australia, many pelicans take advantage of the conditions and flock there in their thousands to breed. Photo by Rod Drummond.

emuwren: Australian Pelican__Pelecanus conspicillatus; is often seen around the coasts, where it can be seen roosting on sandbanks, rock platforms and reefs, or swimming in lagoons, bays and estuarine waters, dipping their oversized bills into the water to catch fish. However on the rare occasions that monsoonal rains flood the salt lakes in the arid inland of Australia, many pelicans take advantage of the conditions and flock there in their thousands to breed. Photo by Rod Drummond.

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