13 April, 2012

Australian Pelican

Scientific Name: Pelecanus conspicillatus

Population Estimate: 100K - 1M

Range / Habitat: Widespread on inland and coastal waters of Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, and parts of Indonesia. 

Field Notes: The only pelican in the region. Flesh-colored bill. Head, neck and chest while. Wings black with a large white wing bar. 

Personal Notes: Seen in flight off the coast of Melbourne, Australia. Later photographed at the Melbourne Zoo and then seen again in the wild in Manly, Australia.

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