American White Pelican

(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

There’s a certain grace and beauty when the American WHite Pelican takes flight with its immense wing span and prehistoric features being one of the largest birds in North America. They use their large pouched bills to scoop up fish. Often can be seen in groups herding fish into shallow water as coordinated effort for feeding.

Can be seen often committing highway robbery as they attempt to steal fish from birds like the Double-crested Cormorant as they bring fish to the surface from their dive.

Information from the All About Birds website,, © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.