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Old Dec 1, 2008, 9:34 PM   #1
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A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
▪"The Pelican" (1910) by Dixon Lanire Merrith

The city of Huntington Beach celebrates its 100th anniversity with a float in the Rose Bowl parade which carries Walt Disney like pelicans with large pendulous pouches, the type that fabulists have carryimg babies to their prospective mothers. Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Pelicans use their gular sacs not as pouches, but as nets to trap fish under water. They then use them as chutes down which the fish slide to the stomach, as seen in the last frame of this series.

These are American White Pelicans, which do not plunge dive for fish as Brown Pelicans do. They are communal feeders, herding or pursuing fish on the surface until they can dip down and scoop them up. I have posted a another more comprehensive series in the wildlife forum.:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...54&forum_id=11


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Wow! I love the 7th image. And, I don't know that I've ever seen a pelican at work like in image 8.

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Hi Penolta,

Fabulous stuff! I was impressed with the first shot, all these big white guys swimming in formation. I'm constantly trying to get my birds to form up, but they don't seem to understand, so I'm immediately jealous. Then I started scrolling down, and they're in formation in all of them!

I'm nominating them to either compete in the synchronized swimming in the next Summer Olympics, or at least get them an audition at Radio City Music Hall. . .:-)

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