Australian Pelicans, Coalmine Beach, Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Western Australia.
Three Australian Pelicans preen on Coalmine Beach, Walpole-Nornalup National Park, in southern Western Australia. The Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), also known as the Goolayyalibee, is widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea. Compared to other pelican species, they are medium-sized: 1.6 to 1.8 m (5.25 to 6 ft) long with a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.5 m (7.6 to 8.25 ft) and weighing between 4 and almost 7 kg (9 to 15 lbs). They are predominantly white, with black and white wings and a pale, pinkish bill which, like that of all pelicans, is enormous, particularly in the male. Published in "Light Travel: Photography on the Go" book by Tom Dempsey 2009, 2010.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download