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Pelicans 2

Pelicans 2
Copyright ©2011, Olav Agnar Frogner
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There are more than half a dozen species of pelicans, but all of them have the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known. These large birds use their elastic pouches to catch fish—though different species use it in different ways.

Many pelicans fish by swimming in cooperative groups. They may form a line or a "U" shape and drive fish into shallow water by beating their wings on the surface. When fish congregate in the shallows, the pelicans simply scoop them up. The brown pelican, on the other hand, dives on fish (usually a type of herring called menhaden) from above and snares them in its bill. Pelicans do not store fish in their pouch, but simply use it to catch them and then tip it back to drain out water and swallow the fish immediately.

Photographer: Olav Agnar Frogner
Folder: Danube Delta
Uploaded: 20-Sep-2011 11:39 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Exposure time: 1/800 s
Aperture: F8
Focal length: 283 mm
Lens: Olympus ZD 50-200 swd
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
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Image resized to: 875x1000

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Thank You

Olav,

You've done some nice work with the pelicans, thank you for sharing!

Nyal Cammack at 05:11 CEST on 23-Sep-2011 [Reply]

Thank you, Nyal...

...for friendly words.
You have lots of nice work yourselves, especially: “Hamish, the Wee Highland Coo” I find really amusing.

Olav Agnar Frogner at 17:24 CEST on 23-Sep-2011 [Reply]