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It was such fun watching this group of pelicans fishing for minnows. Taken at the Fairford Dam in Manitoba, Canada

Note: These are "American White Pelicans"
Groups of foraging pelicans swim in formation, deliberately herding schools of fish into shallow water, from which the birds dip and scoop the prey with their bills. In a single scoop, a pelican can hold up to 12L of water, which must be drained from the sides of its mouth before swallowing its meal.

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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice light and composition there, Candace! :D
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Tea :iconhearthugplz:
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Firey-Sunset Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I love pelicans.. The ones here have white bodies with black and white wings
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: Me to Mary-Anne. :heart: I love watching them soar around and around on the wind currents. It is so effortless.
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Firey-Sunset Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I agree Candace and for such a big bird they always look so graceful.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :)
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
:dance:These guys always make me smile.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: hey were so fun to watch. :)
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I love watching them when I'm at the coast.
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cute! :)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Candace!

neat info ... learn something everyday!
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It was really fun to watch them fish as an organized group George.
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PlunkettGW Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No lack of water for this birds in Manitoba!! Great shot.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They were quite fun to watch. They were so organized as a group herding the minnows into shallower water so they could have a feed. :)
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
just like in military ;)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
they are amazingly coordinated together - I love watching them fly in formation along the ocean wave edges :love: - have never seen them fish for minnows though :clap: wonderful captures (and :thumbsup: on the frames :heart:)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: I like watching them soaring around and around in big circles as they catch the wind currents. It looks so effortless. They were so funny catching minnows. They would get all lined up and then all dive at the same time. So organized. :giggle:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
effortless and organized are perfect words to describe them!!

Their fishing on the ocean is very different - they end their aerial dive with a big splash and a beak full of water :giggle: [link] (not my shot - but shows the dive)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's awesome. Thanks for sharing Ruth :heart:
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1001G Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
adore it and the frame is fantastic
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much Edie :icondoublehugplz: :heart:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty shot Candace!
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:wow: I don't think I've ever seen a white pelican before :clap: They're much prettier than the dark gray or black ones that we see along the Gulf of Mexico :winner:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting :nod: We only have white only here. I love watching them soar on the wind currents around and around in circles.
Thanks for all the :+fav:s hun :hug:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're always welcome Candie! :tighthug:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
and they're brown in southern California :giggle: I'd never seen a white one until I was up in Oregon/Washington on the Columbia River four years ago, then a group came south for a vacation :giggle: [link]
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They much have been visiting there California cousins. :D Very nice shot Ruth. :thumbsup:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
LOL! Precisely! Even the Royals head to Santa Barbara when in California on vacation :giggle:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Who can resist California :iconhappysunplz: :giggle:
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