Friday, 7 February 2014

Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
January 2014

    This species was observed at numerous locations throughout Ethiopia, being relatively common on any suitable body of water containing adequate food resources. In common with other species, notably Marabou Storks Leptoptilos crumenifer and African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus, it congregated around human fishermen waiting for every opportunity to snag a free meal.


  1. Although some are dirty, the Great White is a gorgeous pelican!
    Your photos are very beautiful David!
    And the tree in the first pic's background seems impressive!
    N2 and 4 are my favorite!!

  2. The pelicans are so gorgeous and beautiful !

  3. Nice shots David. You nicely point out the pelicans are "real" birds despite their sometimes being caricatured and their tendency to become somewhat tame in tourist locations. I remember only the latter sort from Cancun and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen many truly wild ones like yours.

  4. The Stork forms a "nice" contrast to the Pelicans!

  5. Beautifully these pictures of the pelicans. In the Netherlands alone Pelicans in zoos. Quite by chance came today on the news that there is a pink pelican in our country was spotted yesterday and three pelicans over Belgium. I enjoyed these photos David :-)

  6. very interesting when you travel like you do to see the varying birdlife. Wonderful photos David

  7. Excellent shots David! I love pelicans. I have only seen them once when I lived in Australia briefly!