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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Pelican over Indian River Lagoon

One evening I took my new camera to the public park and walk-way along the Indian River Lagoon. The park includes long wooden piers out into the water. While I was out on one of the walks this fellow glided by. He was going slowly enough and motionless enough for me to
get this picture.

Facts from All About Birds (see link to the right)

Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

  • Long bill with extensible pouch.
  • Legs short.
  • Body large and heavy.
  • Feet webbed.
  • Wings long and broad.
  • Tail short.
  • Soars close to water surface.
  • Dives from the air into the water.
  • Size: 100-137 cm (39-54 in)
  • Wingspan: 200 cm (79 in)
  • Weight: 2000-5000 g (70.6-176.5 ounces)

1 comments:

Betty Jo said...

Your photos are awesome. You've got a super blog. I'm from FL originally, born in Lakeland, and hubby is from New York State. Visiting your blog will be like a trip back home for me.

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