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The Pelican Shark

On Sunday 25 July 2010 I looked up as a massive group of pelicans flew overhead. They were so close and so tightly packed together that I saw three of them collide above the garden and could hear the peculiar “cl-ock” of feathered bone meeting. Had each pelican been a jet aircraft we would have had a fiery tragedy in our backyard, but these birds just took it in their stride.

I watched for a while as they circled overhead gathering altitude all the while. Then I dashed in for the camera and grabbed a few shots by which timeĀ  had already moved quite far away.

This looks a bit like a shark:

Pelican Shark?

I counted about sixty birds. A friend said she counted eighty when she saw the same phenomenon from her home.



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