07 May 2010

Great white pelicans flying at Khijadiya

Sometimes when they flew overhead I heard the rush of air over their wings
At Khijadiya, a bird sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat, huge flocks of great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) shared the wetlands with storks, egrets, cormorants and a diversity and number of other birds I'd never seen before.

[14 February 2007; Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L, ISO 200, 1/1600 at f4]
All content © 2010 Pete McGregor


Relatively Retiring said...

Have you ever seen these in St. James Park, Central London? Not as active and pristine as these, but urban pelicans all the same.

Relatively Retiring said...

P.S. The pelicans are employed by the Royal Household as Park-Cleaners, and here's a bit of film to prove it:

Barbara said...

Oh, man, Pete ... kudos again! One of the things so arresting about this image, I think, are the colors in the bill and around the eye ... No plain black and white for this bird! (The clip at that address, Rel. Ret. is wicked!)

pohanginapete said...

RR, I think the only other place I've seen pelicans outside Gujarat (or a zoo) has been in Australia (and even there they might have been partly confined). The video makes me wonder whether the urban myth about the chihuahua plucked away and eaten by a pelican really is a myth.

Barbara, thanks — they were spectacular: a sight and sound I'll always remember.

Anonymous said...

wow very cool pic pete


pohanginapete said...

Cheers Tom :^)