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Old Dec 2, 2008, 12:37 PM   #11
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Old Dec 2, 2008, 7:03 PM   #12
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omg, that series is great, penolta! love the synchronized dipping. :-)

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Old Dec 2, 2008, 9:32 PM   #13
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Thanks, Ellen. Long ago, one of Walt Disney's "True Life Adventure" films showed synchronized sequences set to music, like in a ballet. There was so much nature faking in that series, that is has always been satisfying to watch these birds actually doing it in real life.
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Excellent series Penolta! Love how they are "all together". Wonder who leads?....cheers..Don
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The photos are very good and the topic of feeding Pelicans are of interest. I am wondering if here they are taking advantage of a local situation. If you are able to travel down to the Salton Sea you will not see them feeding in this manner. There though they rest in a group they feed for the most part on their own. These birds by the way are bully's in every sense of the word. They will drown another species of bird to steal it's food. I'll post some shots of my own in another thread.

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Fantastic series.
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Thanks Don, Jim, and flutelady..

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The photos are very good and the topic of feeding Pelicans are of interest. I am wondering if here they are taking advantage of a local situation. If you are able to travel down to the Salton Sea you will not see them feeding in this manner. There though they rest in a group they feed for the most part on their own. These birds by the way are bully's in every sense of the word. They will drown another species of bird to steal it's food. I'll post some shots of my own in another thread.

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Jim, these pelicans, like other birds, are opportunistic. I have seen them feeding singly as well as in groups. Almost certainly it depends on the habits, distribution, and availability of prey. I have photographed group feeding before elsewhere as well (on film) in past years. Here is a link to a site posted to me by a viewer in another thread in which this group foraging is also mentioned, and I am sure a google search will come up with others, as it is a well documented behavior:
http://www.greatcanadianlakes.com/ma.../eco_page3.htm
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Nice photos & very interesting information.


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Old Dec 5, 2008, 8:29 AM   #19
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Thank You penolta! New knowledge is a wonderful thing. After my shoot of them this last weekend and your post I will never look at the Pelican in the same way again.
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Interesting shots. White birds are hard to do but you nailed it. I was also interested in your story. I have seen groups of white pelicans but i did not realize they did not dive for their fish as the brown ones do.
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