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Why do pelicans flap their wings in the water?

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Some Pelicans will fish by diving directly into the water for their prey. When a Pelican is ready to fly they must have wind for their take-off. They will run over water, flap their wings and pound their feet over the surface of the water in unison to develop enough speed to take off.
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Pelicans (1946)