The beautiful American White Pelican is one of our largest birds in North American. They have a NINE and a half foot wingspan and can weigh 15 or more pounds! This breeding adult is soaring in flight. The adult breeding colors include the yellow chest feathers and the yellow plate on it’s upper bill which it loses after breeding. Despite their strong flight abilities, they are very awkward on land. I was surprised to learn that they migrate, only spending winters in Florida. In the summer this beauty travels to the interior of Western Canada and the North Western US, where they breed and form colonies on fresh water lakes. It was a treat getting to view this breeding adult as the group prepared to travel north from Florida.
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