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Pelicans

Pelicans

 

Three Pelicans in the dark water , forming a formation like the 3 musqueteers.

 

The Pelican is a large water bird of the family Pelecanidae

They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing.

They are related to the related to the shoebill and hamerkop

 

Old family?

The fossil record shows that the pelican lineage has existed for at least 30 million years

Now that's what I call a senior citizen!

 

Religion and mythology

The pelican (Henet in Egyptian) was associated in Ancient Egypt with death and the afterlife. It was depicted in art on the walls of tombs, and figured in funerary texts, as a protective symbol against snakes. Henet was also referred to in the Pyramid Texts as the "mother of the king" and thus seen as a goddess.

In medieval Europe, the pelican was thought to be particularly attentive to her young, to the point of providing her own blood by wounding her own breast when no other food was available. As a result, the pelican came to symbolise the Passion of Jesus and the Eucharist

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Taken on September 5, 2016