A Pelican Goes Fishing

The other day, I was watching (and taking photos of) a pelican in backwaters. Care to know its style—the four steps it follows to acquire food? Here they are:

Step 1: Just float by, calm, quiet, dignified. Continue as long as it takes.

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Step 2: The moment you spot fish (or tadpoles or crabs), open your bill wide.

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Step 3: Dive gently, but quickly, dipping the open beak in, and craning (or should it be pelicaning 😉) the neck, ready to scoop.

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Step 4: Emerge successful with fish in the beak’s pouch.

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Right ho, that’s it! Lesson over!

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