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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Muttukadu backwaters is a lagoon sheltered from the the Bay of Bengal by a sandbar, about 20 km or so south of Chennai India. I got a ride in a rowboat there and was able to approach the pelicans fairly close without spooking them. All were taken with the 7D and the 100-400L.

These are spot-billed pelicans. I believe they are near-threatened or vulnerable according to IUCN. I saw quite a few of them at Muttukadu, perhaps around 50.

I always enjoy seeing photos of birds in faraway places and I am happy to return the favor. Hope you enjoy them!


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My, what a pretty face you have!


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Sep 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Nice shots of a cool looking peli. First for me on here. #2 is my pick.


Sep 11, 2013 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Very nice set.

Birdie



Sep 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Thank you very much! I am glad to have taken a rowboat so that we could drift along quietly and snap shots without scaring the birds - I could not have approached as close without this. You can have all the mm in the world, but nothing beats getting close!



Sep 11, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Thanks for the nice shots of a pelican that I have never seen before.
---John



Sep 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Second last is my fave. A bit of environment along with the birds.


Sep 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


lovely job on the Pelicans Sam


Sep 12, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


These are all very nice Sam. The last one is my pick ~ Ron


Sep 12, 2013 at 01:01 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I have some shots of painted storks at Muttukadu that I will upload tomorrow. They are the other threatened species at Muttukadu.


Sep 12, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India


Last shot is excellent Sam!

Phoo



Sep 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM





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