Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 145 - Australian Pelican

These are Australian Pelicans - Pelecanus conspicillatus - which is described in my guide book as a 'huge black-and-white bird with very large bill and pink bill pouch'.  I think this is the kind of bird that goes under the heading of unmistakable in Australia!

These birds were loafing about at the end of the day near Swan Bay jetty, nr. Point Lonsdale in Victoria, Australia.

I don't think I can ever pass up the chance to photograph these birds, even if I have lots of shots already in the bank!







Now it's over to you - click on the blue button and off you go.  Cheers - SM

42 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The Pelicans are such cool looking birds. Awesome photos, Stewart. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great collection of shots!!!
Nice bird!
Regards

Kristi Bowman said...

Pelicans are way at the top of my favorites list!! Such amazing birds and great pics!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds and terrific photos to match as always, Stewart!! Hope your week is going well!!

Mama Zen said...

These are awesome!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think those really are the King and Queen of the Pelicans! Very dapper in their black and white feathers. What a wonderful bird ..... Indeed!

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart - Lovely photos. From http://forums.familyfriendpoems.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=964

A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I'll be darned if I know how the hellican?

nattsyrransphoto said...

Really interesting shots and bird. There is nothing I can see here in Sweden so I enjoy your photos very much.

TexWisGirl said...

very distinctive birds. :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I agree - they are just such photogenic critters... I lost count of the shots on file I have of these... YAM xx

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

a creature for every niche. Amazing. I love their eyes.

fredamans said...

What a stunning bird!

Frank said...

This species would definitely stand out in a crowd. I can understand why you are drawn to them every time you encounter them. Great shots Stewart.

Adam Tilt said...

What a bird!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Absolutely gorgeous birds with phenomenal beaks! I reckon they can gobble up some fish :)

Enjoyed your blog!

Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

In my opinion...much more attractive than North American pelians!

mick said...

Great photos of the Pelicans. I think they are always very photogenic birds!

Linda W. said...

Excellent photos of the pelicans! I love their pale pink beaks.

Andrea Priebe said...

They do have that austere Aussie look, though pink ... really, pink? I mean it's cool, but I would never have guessed pink. Do they get the notch on their bill in your spring like our males do? They truly are beautiful and I can fully appreciate the need to keep taking their pictures ... how could you resist. Love this post, Stewart. Actually I love all of your posts, but since I really have a thing for Pelicans, I love this one a little more :)

Andrea @ From The sol

bailey-road.com said...

Noble looking bird. These are great captures.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful shots, and yes, unmistakable!

Susan (ABON) said...

I enjoy watching pelicans, particularly when they're fishing. These are beautiful, love their color combination. Great shots, Stewart! Thank you for hosting!

Jo said...

Awesome photos, Stewart. This makes me long for Tanzania !

Irma said...

The Pelicans are awesome.
Perfect light and sharpness, my compliments.
Best regards, Irma

Shweta said...

Amaaaazing images! I liked all the shots of this beautiful bird

Adam Jones said...

It's an awesome looking bird Stewart. Fantastic shots.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Pelicans are such interesting birds. I enjoy watching the Brown Pelicans that we have, you got some really great shots.

Tanya Breese said...

i can't blame you! wonderful shots!

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting bird. I posted a Pelican also.
Great minds........
MB

edenhills said...

Great shots. Don't get to see those in my landlocked state.

Findlay Wilde said...

They are great looking birds, they sort of look a bit shy if you know what I mean. I haven;t linked this week as it's a video on my blog about the UK election and how I think they should protect wildlife, but I will link up again next week.

Linda said...

Very handsome bird!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful! Pelicans are a contradiction in terms, at once powerful yet delicate, ungainly on land but so graceful in flight.

Marie C said...

These are great photos! Such interesting birds.

Lee said...

He can, you know...you know he can!

I love pelicans!

A Quiet Corner said...

Pelicans are my favorite beach/ocean bird and yours in Austrailia are very striking!!...:)JP

thewovenspoke said...

What beautiful and unusual coloring on those pelicans.

DougPhoto2009 said...

What a captivating bird. Thanks for sharing.

Christian Perrin said...

Very photogenic birds, I also can't help but get a few snaps each time I see them. And flying? Wow!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

This is really a beautiful bird...

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots. There is something so goofily delightful about pelicans!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos of them!