“Outback Pelicans” looks into the mystery of a mass-migration of pelicans to the Australian outback, one of the driest places on the hottest and driest continent on the planet. In years of heavy rainfall, dried-up river beds fill with water and flow inland to create an oasis in the scorching heart of the desert. Abandoning the sea, pelicans leave their coastal homes and journey more than a thousand miles inland to Lake Eyre to feast on an abundance of fish and brine shrimp. The bounty of the lake provides a perfect place to breed and raise their families, even in the middle of one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. But much about their lives and their journey remains a mystery that researchers are only now beginning to unravel.
availablepublic64651848571615cove6465Outback PelicansOne of the hottest, driest places on Earth transforms into a watery oasis for pelicans.In years of heavy rain, the inhospitable Australian outback transforms into a surprising oasis for Australia's pelicans. They leave coastal homes for the outback. The abundance of food and water makes it the perfect place to breed and raise families. But much about their lives and their journey remain a mystery that researchers are only now beginning to unravel.2011-03-27 00:01:00publishdisabledshowfalse6451Pelican TantrumsYoung pelicans throw a series of tantrums in Australia's Lake Eyre.2011-03-27 00:01:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/09/Mezzanine_698-480x270.jpg1848669145cove6450Synchronized SwimmersPelicans join forces, swimming in unison in the hopes of catching an afternoon snack.2011-03-27 00:01:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/09/Mezzanine_625-480x270.jpg1848641350cove