Video: Beak-cam of rescued pelican relearning to fly


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I've always loved watching pelicans fly, especially when they're doing the radar-avoidance thing, just skimming the water's surface. It was also neat to see bird's breathing pattern while in flight--just watch where the lower jaw meets the upper beak to see the steady breathing going on. Very cool.


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This video, while inspirational to humans, seems pretty horrifying if you happen to be a fish.

Beak mounted cam? shudder


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Pelicans make me profoundly happy, for some reason.


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Well, that wouldn't be a problem, if fish spent less time watching TV...

... And more time in school.


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Indeed. They really are incredibly beautiful while "at work," yet so goofy at rest.


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Bird Nerd Trivia (IIRC) - Humans use muscles to inhale, and exhale by relaxing. For birds, it's the opposite.


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I feel as if I am being baited to respond wink


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@pesco

In the future please add a youtube link under the embedded video. It makes it vastly easier to launch youtube on Android, etc.


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I doubt the pelican "forgot" how to fly. It was probably experiencing shock and fear after its experience with the storm.

If I were a pelican and some jackass glued a foreign object to my beak, I'd probably not be too keen to fly, either. Of course, once he started chasing me down the beach waving his big ape-arms at me....


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Erm, the pelican, as photographer, owns all rights to this image. Have you cleared this with the pelican?


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