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Dalmatian pelican

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus).

The birds with the largest beak are the pelicans.

They are also one of the largest flying birds on Earth.

The bones of the huge beak, as well as the entire skeleton, have numerous cavities filled with air.

This makes them lightweight without reducing their strength.

Under their lower jaws, the pelicans have a huge leather bag that holds fish caught.

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  1. Yes pelican are certainly beautiful birds. I know them only from documentaries. I do not think we have them here in Canada unless there are some on the eastern or western coast. It is too bad that their bills often get caught on trash along the water and can easily get torn with rusted materials. We should be more careful around them and other animals…

    • In Bulgaria they nest in the Srebarna Reserve, but in spring and autumn they cross Via Pontica on their way to the Danube Delta.
      These places are further away from my home and for that reason I go to Greece more often to shoot them.

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Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus).

Greece, Kerkini Lake, 23.02.2019.

With a group of bird lovers – photographers and birdwatchers, we made a one-day visit to this protected area.

The weather was not very kind to us!

There was an unpleasant northern wind, but he did not interfere with our good mood 🙂

We were able to make good shots during feeding of the pelicans and into the lake.

A colleague joked: “Do not we, and pelicans hunt us to photograph them!”

Now we will leave them in peace – they start to breed!

In autumn again we will go to see the new generation!

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