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Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #1 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Gee, ya think? .
Especially when they stand together, and especially that one really big pelican on the right.
Washed out frontal light, but the birds don't give a flock, and Florida's Everglades can sometimes limit your movement, and on a sunny afternoon, you pays your money- you takes your chance.




Charlie Shugart 2014

Florida Everglades- Pelicans



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May 13, 2014 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #2 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


IIRC, the rangers at Ding Darling told me the white pelican is the second largest bird capable of flight in the US.


May 13, 2014 at 04:40 AM
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p.1 #3 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


runamuck wrote:
IIRC, the rangers at Ding Darling told me the white pelican is the second largest bird capable of flight in the US.


After seeing them at Florida, and seeing Trumpeter swans in Alaska, I became curious about the question of the heaviest birds capable of flight. As memory serves, a large male trumpeter tends to be a bit heavier than a large white pelican- but there are some birds from other parts of the world that might also be in contention.
Charlie



May 13, 2014 at 05:34 AM
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p.1 #4 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Good side-by-side comparison. Now you just need to get a condor and a swan in the pic.


May 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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p.1 #5 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Such a beautiful photo Charlie!
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May 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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p.1 #6 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


I like the pano format of the shot, Charlie. It also has a peaceful feel
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May 13, 2014 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #7 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Lovely shot

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May 13, 2014 at 07:03 PM
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p.1 #8 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


A neat shot Charlie ~ Ron


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p.1 #9 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Framed up nice Charlie and you got them all facing the same direction!

Tom



May 13, 2014 at 09:03 PM
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p.1 #10 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Thanks Ken, Bee, Socarte (sic ), Howard, Ron and Tom.
I finally figured out how to get all the birds in a frame to face the same way- and that was by controlling the direction of the wind.
My next project is figuring out HOW to control the direction of the wind. .
Condors are big, and they certainly have the wingspan, but I don't think they have the body mass to be serious contenders.
Any other possibilities that really fly? (Gobblers can't sustain flight .)
Charlie



May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM
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p.1 #11 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Charlie Shugart wrote:
Thanks Ken, Bee, Socarte (sic ), Howard, Ron and Tom.
I finally figured out how to get all the birds in a frame to face the same way- and that was by controlling the direction of the wind.
My next project is figuring out HOW to control the direction of the wind. .
Condors are big, and they certainly have the wingspan, but I don't think they have the body mass to be serious contenders.
Any other possibilities that really fly? (Gobblers can't sustain flight .)
Charlie


Kori Bustard maybe

Tom



May 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM
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p.1 #12 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Very nice Sir Charles

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May 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM
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p.1 #13 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


nice one Charlie


May 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM
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p.1 #14 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Kori Bustard. World's heaviest flying bird at 18 kg (40 lbs). I've heard as high as 20 kg. Nice flock of the less well known white peli,!! Don


May 14, 2014 at 04:24 AM
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p.1 #15 · Florida---- (world's heaviest?)-White Pelis are bigger than Sea Gulls?


Thanks again, Tom- and also Ted, Kenny, and Don.
I just did some additional research, and the kori bustard might well be the correct answer.
HOWEVER:
Other seemingly authoritative sources gave different answers.
I guess it depends on a couple of measuring criteria:
1. Males only?
2. Males and females averaged?
3. Biggest single bird weighed?
4. How many constitute a reliable sampling number?
Etc.
My final opinion is this. I don't know .
But IMO the contenders are kori bustard, great bustard, trumpeter swan, Andean condor and the Dalmatian white pelican.
The weight? Too many variables for me to state a strong opinion- but somewhere around 40 lbs (plus or minus).
Charlie



May 14, 2014 at 05:09 AM





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