Love these White Pelican friends ;)

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White Pelicans are amazing to watch! “One of the largest North American birds, the American White Pelican is majestic in the air . . . [They] soar with incredible steadiness . . . and often travel long distances in large flocks by soaring.” (All About Birds)IMG_5503Not long after spotting these huge White Pelicans soaring by overhead, I noticed this plump fellow sitting all alone on the beachIMG_5515IMG_5544Before long, he strolled over to another pair of White Pelicans preening nearby, and it soon became difficult to distinguish who was preening whom ;).IMG_5553I watched their antics for awhile and was about to turn away, when someone pointed in the distance. Look who’s coming – IMG_5556More friends – Coming in for a landing!!  White Pelicans are very gregarious, and forage for food in cooperative groups.IMG_5557IMG_5564These giant birds looked so delighted to join their buddies, I felt I could sense their joy at being together!

26 thoughts on “Love these White Pelican friends ;)

  1. Beautiful shots BJ, I love the way they land on the water. These shots remind me a lot of our Aussie Pelicans. They are so majestic in flight. In my book I share the several ingenious ways they obtain their food. One way is for a few of them to form a V shape and move schools of fish toward the shore where they land them and then easily eat them.

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  2. Your captures are gorgeous! I’m up on the Chesapeake Bay close to the Blackwater NWR in Cambridge, MD, they have a small flock of White Pelicans that spend their winters there, which is very unusual, since they are usually much further south. They are back again, such a gift for us up here! 🙂

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