These pelicans were patiently waiting outside the Sydney Fish Market to see if they could glean some tasty treats
Australian pelicans are one of the largest flying birds. They feature a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.5 m and can weigh from 4 to 6.8 kg. They have the longest bill length of any extant bird ranging from 36 to cm. The average bill length of males is between 42 and 46 cm and in females from 36 to 41 cm.
Their distinctive large pink bill and black wings make them a striking looking bird
The gular pouch, under the bill, will stretch when it is filled with water and can hold up to three gallons.
We thought this was such a great idea to bring a bit of nature into the concrete jungle. Beautiful artistry.
The Grey Crowned Crane is a near-threatened species with only some 4000 to 5000 birds left in the country. Many rural people believe that these cranes can bring rain, so they include crane pictures in their rituals to call for the rainy season.
The Red Bishop puts on his best and most colourful suit when he goes a-courting, he looks for the highest perch he can find so that he can flash these colours to the ladies. The Red Bishops can be found in most reed beds in and around Cape Town where they weave their nests.
This Franklin's Gull is a a vagrant, visitor to our shores from the breeding grounds in the Central North American prairies. We managed to catch up with him on his recent visit to Strandfontein in the Western Cape.