Great White Pelican, Walvis Bay, Namibia
These are two photos of a Pelican, a large water bird with a distinctive pouch under the beak, belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae, of a Great White Pelican to be precised (Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or White Pelican). This is a large pelican, at a mass of 10 kg, 160 cm long and with a 280 cm wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican, the only larger species of pelican, by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Males are larger than females, and have a long beak that grows in a downwards arc, as opposed to the shorter, straighter beak of the female. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck as you can see below. Photos were taken in Walvis Bay, in Namibia.