National Geographic : 1923 Aug
HUNTING BIRDS WITH A CAMERA 183 TIHE PELICAN YAWN The Pelican has an elastic bag or pouch that hangs from the lower part of the bill. This is used as a dip net. The bird swims along, up-ends, and dives for a fish. It was formerly thought that this pouch served to convey live fish, swimming in water, to the little Pelicans at home; but it would be impossible for a Pelican to fly with his burden so out of trim. A YOUNG PELICAN GETTING HIS DINNER A mother Pelican regurgitates a fishy soup and the baby helps himself out of this family dish. When he is half grown, the mother opens her mouth, and his whole head and neck disappear while he hunts for his dinner in the internal regions.