Doing the Pelican Waltz

@JudyEv (96294)
Bunbury, Australia
April 5, 2016 12:53am CST
I promised I'd put up some more pelican photos taken on our recent jaunt to the south coast of Western Australia. However I hadn't realised Vince had got such a great shot as the one I've added here. It makes me chuckle every time I look at it. And just so you get some value for your reading, there are seven species of pelican. The skeleton is very light comprising only 10% of the bird's weight. The bill when fully extended can hold up to 13 litres. It is delicately built and can change colour dramatically during courtship. Part of the top and base of the bill turn to cobalt blue, the throat region of the pouch becomes yellow and the forward part of the pouch a bright salmon pink. A black strip forms from the base to the tip. The change in colour does not last long. I hope you enjoy the photo.
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@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
Wow 13 liters.is quite full and heavy. They are one.lovely.sight ma'am ;)
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I'm glad you like them. I think it is a lovely photo. It makes me laugh every time I see it.
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@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv they were doing this dance that the.tune is playing now on my head
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@louievill (16197)
• Philippines
5 Apr 16
That is beautiful, it's a pity we do not have them here, perhaps they would breed if somebody makes some effort
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
They look really funny, don't they?
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@louievill (16197)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv yes they are
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• United States
5 Apr 16
We have the California Brown Pelican where I live. They are not this pretty, but when they fly over the surf, it is like magic to watch.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I've never seen them quite so animated. They always remind me of flying boats for some reason.
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• United States
7 Apr 16
@JudyEv Aren't they wonderful when they just skim the surface of the sea in formation? So cool.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Apr 16
@ElizabethWallace I like watching them land so elegantly on top of something like the top of a post. They have great control - except when they're dancing! :)
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@allknowing (55080)
• India
5 Apr 16
You seem to have good knowledge about pelicans something I never knew before That is a large group that you were able to watch while being active. . i remember my visit to the Philip Island to watch the Penguins March.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
The March would have been good to see. These all look a bit undignified I'm afraid - dancing, not marching. :)
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@allknowing (55080)
• India
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Poor things. That they are dancing in itself is a great thing.
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@MarymargII (8196)
• Toronto, Ontario
5 Apr 16
As Pelicans are usually only seen down in the US and are not native to Canada- that's a rare treat. they are semi-tropical to me in nature anyway!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
When the rains come, they manage to get to the centre of Australia (Lake Eyre) to feed and nest. They are incredible creatures.
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• Toronto, Ontario
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Yes and I've heard of Lake Eyre too!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
@MarymargII How nice is that? Someone has heard of Lake Eyre! I'm never too sure if I'm explaining too much or not enough :)
@rebelann (30823)
• El Paso, Texas
5 Apr 16
Love your photo. I've never seen one in person but I've read a tiny bit about them. I didn't know they were delicate, if you only see them in pictures they give the impression they are huge, awkward and heavy.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I think it is the beak that is particularly delicate. They can travel long distances by floating on thermals. They don't flap a lot.
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@rebelann (30823)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Apr 16
You mean like eagles do @JudyEv ?
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr 16
@rebelann Yes, very similar - or maybe even the same!
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@responsiveme (14362)
• India
28 Jun 16
It IS a good shot. A limerick you may recall... The Pelican...Ogden Nash A wonderful bird is the pelican, His bill can hold more than his beli-can. He can take in his beak Food enough for the week; But I'm damned if I see how the heli-can.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jun 16
Yes I know this limerick. Ogden Nash wrote some wonderful lines. I don't know the context or any more of it but I like: If you see a panther, don't anther.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jun 16
@responsiveme Thanks for this! I thought there was more to it! Well done. :)
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jun 16
@responsiveme What would we do without him?
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@KnehKnah (3529)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
A beautiful photo, indeed! Just asking, are the pellicans in this pic in a fellowship or in a disturbed stance, my dear Ms. Judy?
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I think a fisherman was throwing out fish and they were all trying to get in a good position to get some.
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@KnehKnah (3529)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Oh! So, it was their feeding time.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr 16
@KnehKnah Maybe they're doing a happy dance.:)
@DWDavis (11147)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 Apr 16
That is an incredible photo. I love the posture of the pelicans.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
They are really letting their feathers down aren't they? I think really there was a fisherman throwing out fish.
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@DWDavis (11147)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv They do seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Free fish would explain it.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr 16
@DWDavis They usually look so staid and pompous. Maybe it's a happy dance.
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@just4him (88850)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Apr
Is that a mating dance then? Or are they just enjoying the sunshine and water.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr
There were fishermen there throwing out fish entrails so they were all reacting to that.
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@just4him (88850)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Apr
@JudyEv Makes sense.
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@Happy2BeMe (66461)
• Canada
2 Apr
Very cool picture
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr
It's a beauty isn't it? Just a spur of the moment capture.
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@Happy2BeMe (66461)
• Canada
3 Apr
@JudyEv it certainly is.
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@LadyDuck (118118)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 16
Those pelicans are beautiful, they are different from those I saw in Florida and California. This is a very nice photo.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I'm glad you like it. I think they're practising for the Pelican Ball.
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@LadyDuck (118118)
• Switzerland
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Yes, this is what they seem to practice.
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Apr 16
looks rather like a crazy dance atm, hehe
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I think so too - step to the left now altogether. :)
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Apr
@JudyEv I think I might trip!
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@shshiju (9187)
• Cochin, India
5 Apr 16
Very nice photo of Pelicans. 13 liters and change color of bill is a new information to me.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
13 litres is a lot isn't it? I'm glad you like the photo.
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@shshiju (9187)
• Cochin, India
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Ya really a human cannot able to think about it. photo is nice
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Apr 16
Seldom see pelicans, not a great bird person
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I'm not a great insect or reptile person - but I like turtles and tortoises - but I guess they're terrapins, aren't they?
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv You got me there, not sure about them at all
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Apr 16
Oh, I love it! It does look like they are all dancing!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
It's like they're trying to follow directions from a dancing teacher! I smile every time I see it. Glad you like it.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Yes, it really is and is just so comical. I think it's amazing that you were able to get a picture of it.
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@Morleyhunt (15942)
• Canada
5 Apr 16
What a nice photograph of the Pelicans. Thanks for sharing those pelican facts.
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@Morleyhunt (15942)
• Canada
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv that was my thought, it looks like they are dancing.
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@destimona (1948)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
5 Apr 16
Love this picture.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
I think it is wonderful. They look so funny don't they? Like they're trying to line-dance. :)
@destimona (1948)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv Yes.It looks so funny.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
5 Apr 16
Oh I thought I would share some of the Pelicans we saw. Lovely Pelican Waltz photo!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
Yours look much more dignified.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv they had already danced the waltz
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@TRBRocks420 (60589)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Apr 16
Love the photo. Pelicans are some of the coolest birds.
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
They usually look so dignified - but not in this photo! :)
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@TRBRocks420 (60589)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Apr 16
@JudyEv lol yes they look a bit silly in this one.
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