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Formation flight!

Formation flight!
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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 9:56
Viewed: 3158
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken a few weeks back in Mysore. These Spot-billed Pelicans(Pelicanus Philippensis) have formed a neat diagonal and demonstrative of the different poses in flight. I liked it very much and have been wanting to share it with you.

Pelicans flying in a 'V' can glide for extended periods using the other birds' air streams.

Many species of large bird fly together in formation, perhaps because flight power demands and energy expenditure can be reduced when the birds fly at an optimal spacing or because orientation is improved by communication within groups. These birds save a significant amount of energy by flying in formation. This advantage is probably a principal reason for the evolution of flight formation in large birds that migrate in groups.

You can take a look at other Pelican in flight pics here:
Pelican in flight TOP VIEW
Pelican in flight BOTTOM VIEW

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