Be Like a Duck

Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

– Michael Caine

I think I’ve finally developed quite a good routine with my daily drawing practice. This time without ink.

Spot-billed Pelican

Last but not least the Spot-billed pelicans who got his name because of the spots on his bill….

There are 8 living different pelican species today. This pelican can be found in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across India east to Indonesia. It is a bird of large inland and coastal waters, especially large lakes.

Great White Pelican

The Great White pelican lives in the shallow swamps in Africa and is one of the largest flying birds in the world.

This pelican’s yellow gular pouch has capacity for 13 liters of water or up to 4 kg of fish.

Pink-backed Pelican

The pink-backed pelican can be found in the shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India.

It is a relatively small pelican, although by no means is it a small bird. Its length is from 125 to 155 cm, wingspan is 2.15–2.9 m and body mass is from 4 to 7 kg. The bill is 30 to 38 cm in length. The plumage is grey and white, with a pinkish hue on the back occasionally apparent.

Have a great Monday!

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Dalmatian Pelican

Gorgeous weather today.

This guy looks a little bit dishevelled though. Maybe he also had a wine too many last night.

There are two main populations of Dalmatian pelican. One breeds in Eastern Europe, wintering in the eastern Mediterranean region, and the other breeds in central Asia and Russia, wintering in the Indian subcontinent, Iran and Iraq. 

Australian Pelican

More pelican facts for the weekend.

The beak of the Australian pelican is the largest of all birds. It’s so large and spacious, that it can hold from 9 to 13 liters of water.

When catching fish, they take huge amounts of water into the pouch. Then they move the head forward, pour out the water and swallow the fish. They eat up to 4 kg fish per day.

Brown Pelicans

Brown pelicans are the only type of pelican that dive in order to catch prey. They glide low above the water and when they see a fish they fly to a height of 10 m, fold their wings back and plunge down into the sea.

Pelican Revival

Haha! The pelicans are back. Well, they never fully disappeared , I just got side-tracked by funny capybaras.

This is the American White Pelican. He is able to hold in its bill 11 liters of water.

Flying High II

Start of a new week. The pelican series will come to an end soon. As soon as I finish my pelican book!

pelicans flying_Melanie Franz

I realized after drawing the pelican above that I have drawn him before. See below.

5 years are between both drawings. Which one do you prefer? I remember that the one below took me ages to finish. The one above was pretty much a 10 min sketch!

2015 Pelican_Melanie Franz

Flying High

So this week once again just flew by quickly.

As the weather forecast is fantastic for the next couple of days, I will be off to a hiking trip in the Icelandic highlands. I also promise that the pelican series will come to an end soon. Latest when Inktober starts!

Have a great weekend everyone!

pelicans flying high_Melanie Franz

Pelicans and their Fish

Pelicans can eat 4 pounds of fish per day.

They will take large amount of water together with the fish they catch. But before swallowing the fish, they move their heads forward to remove excess water.

Pelican eating fish_Melanie Franz_

Flying into the Weekend

Off to the countryside to barbecue some fish. We not gonna catch it ourselves, that is too much work. But the eating part, we certainly can do.

Colourwise this pelican is one of my favourites so far. What do you think?

Happy weekend everyone!