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Old 25th September 2011
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Pelican Takeoff

Further to the sister post Reach for the Sky in LFP, here are some more frames from that session.

I find it amazing just how rapidly the big bird gets airborne from the instant it leaves the water - note how far it has travelled from its lift off splash.

Feet up as it levels off under full thrust!

Three shots taken split seconds apart are sequential.
So why has the Pelican lowered its feet as it gains altitude, I wonder?
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Re: Pelican Takeoff

Great sequence Mark, such a relaxed looking bird (but I'm sure that is deceptive).
I would hazard a guess that the additional lift generated by the webbed feet aid lift just after take off
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Re: Pelican Takeoff

Lovely sequence - I think there are some in Hyde Park here in London... must seek them out next time I'm in town!

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Re: Pelican Takeoff

Fantastic sequence and to me No 2 is awesome.

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p.s. never saw the others but is this a Pelican brief....I am now leaving the building !!
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Did you notice Mark, if he continued to gain height, or if he landed a short distance away, which pelicans often do?
This may explain why he lowered his feet again in preparation to land?
Feminine Logic??
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Re: Pelican Takeoff

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Great sequence Mark, such a relaxed looking bird (but I'm sure that is deceptive).
I would hazard a guess that the additional lift generated by the webbed feet aid lift just after take off
Sounds plausible. Sort of like uplifting to the web I guess … thanks for that, Huw.

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Lovely sequence - I think there are some in Hyde Park here in London... must seek them out next time I'm in town! Ian
Thanks - after landing at Heathrow at 5:00AM and catching a bus to our lodgings at Holland Park (where we were 4 hours too early to check in) we took the underground to Hyde Park. That was my first glimpse of London and squirrels that don’t exist in Oz.

I don’t recall seeing any Pelicans at the time but we did see swans.

At 42P = $1.00AU it was a very expensive trip.

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Fantastic sequence and to me No 2 is awesome.
keith p.s. never saw the others but is this a Pelican brief....I am now leaving the building !!
Thanks ringneck - the other sequence is at LFP, titled "Reach for the Sky"

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Did you notice Mark, if he continued to gain height, or if he landed a short distance away, which pelicans often do?
This may explain why he lowered his feet again in preparation to land?
Feminine Logic?? An oxymoron if ever there was ! thanks Lyn.
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