Friday, April 30, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Limestone Coast (Part 4)

On the way back from the Limestone Coast I noticed a flock of Pelicans circling above a lake in the Coorong National Park. When I stopped and looked properly, there were waves of Pelicans circling, gaining height, and then peeling off, all heading north. I estimate that there were at least 600, in groups of 75-100. I don't know where they were going, but they all seemed to know! It was a wonderful sight.

22 comments:

  1. Aww so sweet, I love Pelcans and brilliant captures of them in flight. Thanks for sharing, Tony:)

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  2. Great close-ups!

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  3. Beautiful blue skies and your capture of the birds is fabulous! I do love that close up! Have a great weekend, Tony!

    Sylvia

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  4. I love the fourth shot especially, although all four are great!

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  5. What a display! I'd normally agree with EG, and I love the two closeup shots, but there's something about the second one that caught my attention and wouldn't let go.

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  6. Wow, such great captures. Love the close up shots too.

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  7. Awesome capture of the Pelicans! They are one of my favorite birds.

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  8. wow! those are a lot of pelicans! glad you have a super tele lens! :)

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  9. Nice in flight formation in 2nd pic.

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  10. Love seeing all, especially the close up one...

    http://www.womenandperspectives.com/2010/04/sky-watch-another-rural-view.html

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  11. Wow, great shots! I've never seen so many pelicans in one photo or in real life before. It makes sense that they, too, fly in a V formation for drafting efficiency, but I've never seen that before. Very cool photos.

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  12. Brilliantly captured! Which way are they flying to?

    Pixellicious Photos

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  13. Beautiful!
    Gives me the chills just looking at it. It must have been breathtaking! :)
    And yes, I'm a wee bit envious ;)

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  14. What endearing birds they are! But we rarely see so may at any one time!

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  15. Wow! Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes, it was one of those special moments that I shall remember for a long time. They were heading north, possibly to Lake Alexandrina, which is filling with floodwater from Queensland. There have been reports of gatherings of 2000+ Pelicans there. Thanks again, and have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Wow that's a beautiful shots of the pelicans, lovely seeing them flying in the air, last photo looks great.

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  17. You've got some beautiful long shots and close ups of the birds. Great work. What kind of little birds are those in your banner?

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  18. Lovely series of posts on the Limestone Coast particularly the rock formations. I recall seeing over 3000 Pelicans in Bulgaria, an awesome sight and lots of opportunities for synchronised flying shots. FAB.

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  19. Thanks again for your kind words. Joyful, the birds in the header are Double-barred Finches, also known by some as Owl Finch. They are common in Northern Australia.

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