‘Rude’ pelican snapped flipping the bird at startled photographer

A rude pelican has been snapped appearing to swear at a photographer.

Amateur snapper, Austin Thomas, 55, has been travelling around the world taking stunning pictures of wildlife since 2007, when he bought his first camera.

He managed to capture his latest incredible image during a recent trip to Greece, where he spotted a Dalmatian pelican at Lake Kerkini in the region of Macedonia.

The 55-year-old from Rainford in Merseyside, explained: "The lake was frozen and covered in snow so when it was landing its feet slipped and just as humans would throw their arms out to try and regain some balance, it did the same with its wings.

"Because of this in this photo it looks like the feathers at the end of its wings were giving a fingered salute of some description my way.

“It was a split-second reaction by the pelican and myself, but once it had gained balance it appeared ‘normal’ again."

Dalmatian pelicans can be found from as far west as Greece, to as far as the Taiwan Strait in the east.

It is the largest member of the pelican family and is one of the largest freshwater birds in the world.

In similar news, September last year saw the finalists announced for 2021’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

The awards were co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, with the aim of creating a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and helped promote wildlife conservation through humour.

Some of last year's highlights included a group of gossiping raccoons, a laughing snake, a yawning baboon, an otter taking its very confused baby for a swimming lesson, and a monkey landing on its privates.

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