Friday, October 23, 2009

Sacked out

Sitting on the Canal Street ferry wharf,  these two Brown Pelicans wait for the ferry to come and whip up fish from underneath the rolling Mississippi River.  Notice the pelican on the left.  He has leaned his head so far back and opened his beak so wide that it has pushed his gular sack - usually hanging below his beak -- up through the top of the lower mandible -- a sight I have never seen before.
--steve buser

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Jilly said...

That's just amazing, Steve. What a shot and incredible to see a bird doing this and to photograph it. Sorry I've not commented lately. Been a long and busy summer/autumn somehow but always enjoy your photography.

cieldequimper said...

Fantastic. Did you have to wait long?

Ms M said...

Fascinating photo! I'm glad you explained what was going on with the bird on the left.

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