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Old Nov 2, 2008, 4:18 PM   #1
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I have seen this phenomenon before - a yound pelican will sit down next to an adult that has been actively fishing, its wings partly raised, waiting for the adult to take off, and then following and diving with it. I had alwasy assumed this to be opportunistic, the young picking any adult and learning - or at least sharpening its skills - by imitating. This time I noticed that the adult (which had been catchng fish by itself) caught none when diving with the juvenile, but the juvenile was the one that caughat the fish! Eventually a second adult landed, the two flew over to it, and then all three took off and left together. I know of no evidence that juveinile pelicans remain with their parents after leaving the nest, but this is certainly suggestive.

The first two shots are isolated from tandem dives, the first the adult, the second the juvenile; the next four are none too successful attempts to get the two together within the frame (but at least they document this not to often seen behavior) with the adult leading the way, and the last another isolate of the adult (from behind).

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3 the juvenile a little behind
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7 adulf from behind
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Awesome series.
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Awesome series Penolta! Wouldn't want one of these dive bombing me!...cheers...Don
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Old Nov 6, 2008, 7:36 PM   #10
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Those are exciting Pen!
we're going to have to induct you as the Pelican King.:G
I love the composition and perspective on the first one especially.
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