Bird Week – Day Seven: On the Wings Of A Pelican!

Probably my last day of pelican and spoonbill photos, at least for the moment – i have loads more but i may save some for a later day. 🙂

Phillip Alexander, as i may have already mentioned, is a fine bird – a fine LARGE bird – and this is even more obvious when he opens his mighty 11 foot (3.5 m) wingspan.

(Click on a pic to open in a new window and click again for full detail 🙂 )lovewillbringustogether - Australian Pelican15

A guy’s gotta eat!… but i think he’s going to need a few more of those for a decent lunch?
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The Pacific Black Duck in the water seems to be hiding from Phillip’s gaze? 

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lovewillbringustogether - Spoonbill7A portrait of ‘Bill’, the spoonbill. 🙂

Previous Pelican Posts:

Day Six

Day Five

Day Four

Day Three

Day Two

Day One   (No Pelicans!)



  1. Oh my goodness — each day more spectacular than the one before! He’s a beautiful bird, and, as you say, especially when he spreads his wings! Thank you for sharing him!

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    • Very glad you got to enjoy them Marilyn, it was a fairly rare treat for me seeing them as well. I don’t often go to the places they like to frequent – they came to me which was wonderful.

      It is a pleasure seeing your birds ( and even the greedy squirrel) for me also.

      My Christmas Cactuses are coming into bud and it reminded me of your wonderful images. Hopefully in a month i can put mine up as a fill in till yours come back? 🙂


  2. The pelicans are indeed famous for their bills/ beaks, infact it is what distinguishes Pelicans from other birds the distinctive pouch under the beak which they fill with gulps of water, strain out the liquid, and eat the remaining fish or squid.

    Pelican is from Greek word for axe denoting its big beak (Australian pelicans have longest beak of any bird in the world). The interesting fact here is that this ancient Greek term was taken by the Latin in the ancient bible.

    Why pelicans?

    Well there are myths about pelicans -they were seen as little metaphors on the life of Jesus Christ.

    Pelicans are considered symbol of self-sacrifice as they are believed to feed their own blood to young chicks when no other food is available (reality though is that certain species of pelicans get blood red marks on the pouch and also they mostly rest their bills on the breast, giving an impression of stabbing itself. I love myths!!).

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    • Wow! That is so cool. 🙂

      I did not know of the connection with Christ before! 🙂

      I have lived in a (State) Capital city for 50 years in a large suburban residential area and this was the first time i ever spotted a pelican locally. We have many on our beaches and river salt estuaries but they almost never come this far inland away from large open water. He stayed on this very small pond for at least 2 days and i took about 100 photos.


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