Amateur photographer snapped a rude pelican who appeared to be cursing

Turn the bird over! ‘Rude’ pelican seems to swear by giving the V sign wings with it

  • Amateur photographer Austin Thomas, 55, captures photo of a pelican roughly spreading its arms
  • “It seems that the feathers on the tip of his wings brought me a fingered salute of some description”
  • ‘When it landed its feet, it slipped its arms to try to find some balance’
  • Thomas has been traveling the world since 2007, taking beautiful pictures of wildlife










This is when a ‘rude’ pelican appeared to be cursing a photographer while taking snaps in Greece.

British amateur photographer Austin Thomas, 55, captured images of the bird that appears to be giving the V sign as it spread its wings near Lake Kerkini in the Macedonia region of northern Greece.

Thomas, from Rainford, near St Helens, said of Merseyside of his surprising encounter with the Dalmatian pelican: ‘The lake was frozen over and covered in snow, so when it landed it slipped and just like people stretched out their arms to trying to get back some balance, it did the same with its wings.

‘This makes it appear in this photo that the feathers on the ends of his wings were giving a fingered salute of some description my way. It was a split second reaction from the pelican and mine, but once it was in balance, it seemed ‘normal’ again.”

Amateur photographer Austin Thomas, 55, captures photo of a pelican roughly spreading its arms

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