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Majestic Soarer

Bee-Elle - African Wildlife Photography - Pelican

A Great White Pelican flies majestically through the skies.

Take off, however, may not be so majestic as there’s a lot of splashing around- but once in flight, they soar effortlessly with such grace. In flight, and if with a group, they’ll make nice lines or V shapes. The perfect airshow really, without the noise and fumes.

When it’s time to eat, usually in the mornings, they’ll employ the line approach again: if in a group, they’ll position themselves in a U shape or a ‘scare-line’ to usher fish to the shore. Together, in this formation, they’ll plunge their heads down into the water and collect fish with their stretchy bill pouches, tilt their head sideways to drain the water, then gulp down some scaly filet o’ fish to go. What a coordinated team effort.

Here’s to this beautiful big bird who soars above, has a great fishing technique and the cutest waddle ever.


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