I took the picture of these three beautiful pelicans in South Australia’s Coorong National Park, which is a complex web of long shallow saline lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes that start at the mouth of the mighty Murray River and stretch for 135 kilometers alongside the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean.
Declared a wetland of international importance in 1975, the three kilometer-wide Coorong is home to the largest permanent breeding colony of Australian pelicans and is a temporary sanctuary for thousands of migratory birds from all over the world. It is reminiscent of the Camargue wetland in southern France but here the pelican rather than the flamingo is king.
This sprawling horizontal landscape was formed over 800,000 years as a consequence of sea-level changes. The Southern Ocean deposited debris along a series of 13 barrier dunes that eventually became stranded from the ocean...Read More