What big eyes you've got! by girlie

What big eyes you've got!

Australian pelicans, like most birds, are constantly on the lookout for food. They are fearsome hunters. They have the longest beaks in the bird world and their wingspan is massive. Their eyesight is extremely sharp, too, and they constantly dip their heads below water level to scan for fish, which are their main food source. However, they also take other birds such as gulls and cormorants; their method of killing birds is to drag them underwater and drown them, then swallow them whole. Mostly they hunt together, rounding up fish then striking. I took this photo at Hat Head as they swam close to shore, hoping for scraps of fish from some men who were cleaning their catch.
what a great shot! perfect focus and composition!
September 9th, 2012  
Aren't they gorgeous, I do love Pelicans. Nice shot.
September 9th, 2012  
So expressive-wonderful
September 9th, 2012  
love the composition... they are quite lovely birds!
September 9th, 2012  
What a great shot, Robin! I've never seen pelicans this close up!
September 9th, 2012  
They are beautiful. Love their color. Fantastic shot, Robin.
September 9th, 2012  
Quite a different color than our brown pelicans. I observed a pelican up in Santa Cruz swimming and then quickly slashing his head into the water to catch fish. I'd never seen pelicans do that before, only had seen them dive from the air.
September 9th, 2012  
gorgeous, I do love Pelicans.
September 9th, 2012  
Very beautiful, Robin.
September 9th, 2012  
Fab shot, Robin! You must have been standing right behind the fishermen.
September 9th, 2012  
Great shot, and I love your commentary. Now I want to see pelicans hunt! Amazing birds.
September 9th, 2012  
Wow...so perfectly composed. Love the contrast and tones.
September 9th, 2012  
Great shot and fascinating information. I had no idea they are such efficient killers and feeders - fearsome!
September 9th, 2012  
I was just thinking how very cute they are until I read how they drown other birds!
Now I see them as quite the hunters - with a touch of cuteness.
Wonderful shot.
September 9th, 2012  
what a great group shot. love the color
September 9th, 2012  
They do have MASSIVE wing span... around 2.8m... or 9ft! I've never heard that about them with other birds!! A few weeks ago Andy took Oskar fishing and was throwing food out to one and it was catching it in it's beak... I was cursing that I wasn't there with the camera lol.

I like your shot... nice capture... I don't think I've seen them swimming together like this.
September 9th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Thanks, Cass. They swim around like this all the time here, often in much larger groups.
September 9th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Always pays to take your camera everywhere, doesn't it? I went to the pictures with mine today and came across a kookaburra and a noisy miner having a barney outside the cinema. Was glad I had it with me.
September 9th, 2012  
@girlie I didn't go fishing with them lol... but yes, does pay to have your camera. I got some fire fighting shots the other week! LOL @ the barney... could just imagine that one!
September 9th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy I'll post it tomorrow so you can see it for yourself.
September 9th, 2012  
Stunning and a FAV.
September 9th, 2012  
@girlie Can't wait, look forward to seeing it :)
September 9th, 2012  
Beautiful creatures
September 9th, 2012  
Love this! Such a handsome squadron of pelicans. Your pelicans are so much more distinguished looking than our rather drab, but wonderful nonetheless, brown pelicans.
September 9th, 2012  
There is a couple of these hanging around work, they are a wonderful bird, beautiful capture
September 10th, 2012  
So unusual to me ! They are quite impressive !
September 10th, 2012  
They do look rather Hungary
September 10th, 2012  
This is awesome Robyn. The detail is fantastic.
September 10th, 2012  
Great shot - they are such funny looking birds.
September 10th, 2012  
Pam
Everything in nature has a purpose. I just don't get that saying eats like a bird....because birds eat all the time and they need to just to survive. They are really impressive animals!
September 10th, 2012  
What a fabulous shot! Love the details and the info.
September 12th, 2012  
hi Robin, for your get pushed challenge I want to you shot B&W street photography!
September 17th, 2012  
Robin, this is so gorgeous!!! I hope you print and frame this one! Fav! :0)
September 20th, 2012  
I agree the composition is lovely. Thay do look so comical !
September 23rd, 2012  
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