Thursday, May 13, 2010

American white pelican
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

This is about as close as I've been able to get to white pelicans. The last time I saw them was in Morro Bay last June. Can you believe they have a 9-foot wingspan? I knew they were big, just not that big. Unlike solitary brown pelicans that do incredible dives into the water, the white pelicans fish in groups, as seen above. There are several other types of birds in the picture, but they were too far away to get any detail.

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