An Australian Pelican (pelicanus comspicilatus) captured in flight over the Murray River. A beautiful sight to behold if you’re down on the Murray.

According to Wikipedia

“Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that make up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans.

The bills, pouches, and bare facial skin of all species become brightly coloured before the breeding season. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America and from polar regions and the open ocean.”

The pelican was also immortalised as “Mr Percival” in Colin Thiele’s book “Storm Boy” which had been turned into a movie twice.

The original size of this image is 1792 x 1195 and it can be purchased for $10 at the store.