Species: Great White Pelican; Pelecanus onocrotalus.
Particularities: Very large white bird with pinkish flush in the breeding season. Pink orbital skin, pink and yellow bill, and yellow pouch. Larger than Pink-backed Pelican.
Juvenile: Dark brown, whitens over time (with age).
Habitat: Usually fishes in groups on open, freshwater or salt lakes. Also preys on eggs and young of gulls and cormorants.
The following pelican pictures were taken in the Djoudj National Park, north east of St-Louis (in Senegal). Please click on the pictures to enlarge them!
Enjoy the pelican show ;)!
This strange fishing technique is known as the “horseshoe” formation!
Beautiful isn’t it? The wingspan of a great white pelican ranges between 226 & 360 cm. That’s almost as large as the albatross! Quite extraordinary!
Perhaps one of my favourite pics! What do you think?
Although I am definitely no pelican expert, my guess is that we are looking at a female here (Picture 13)! Males are habitually much larger, with longer beaks that curve in a downwards arc. In comparison, females have shorter and straighter beaks!
Or perhaps you could call it the “Jesus walking on water” technique? 😉
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