Tuesday, March 20, 2012

World Bird Wednesday



This is my first entry in the World Bird Wednesday.  I decided to focus on the American White Pelican because they migrate through our area every year in the spring.  This year they have already been here ... spring is very early.  I am not concerned for the water birds because, if they stay in the water, a later winter blast won't hurt them, but the land birds are at risk.  I will hope that the spring we are experiencing in March is the real thing. 

The American White Pelican are fascinating birds.  Their wingspan is from 8 to  10 feet second only to the California Condor.  The horn you will see on their upper bill appears only during mating season and then sheds off.  They eat primarily fish, crayfish and amphibians.  They are notorious for stealing food from other birds or small predator's. 
   
    













14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous White Pelican images, just brilliant. I have seen Pelicans before, but never white ones and with those head feathers, really cool looking birds. Have a great week~

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  2. Beautiful shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Great photos and interesting observations.

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  4. I love the Pelicans. The white Pelicans are very pretty. Great shots. The last shot is stunning. Have a great day!

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  5. Wonderful photos of the white pelican! I have never seen one in real.

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  6. Beautiful photos of the American White Pelican Andrea! Welcome to World Bird Wednesday, the best bird photo blog on the net! Dave does a wonderful job of hosting this meme.

    I also really like your "about me" page and the photo of you handling the Great Horned Owl!

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  7. Welcome to WBW! Great shots, Andrea! The pelicans are beautiful!

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  8. WELL... if you've read any of my blogs you know that I collect pelicans and they are my absolute favorite!
    These shots are beautiful!

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  9. Oh my goodness, what great shots. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful sunset!
    We are getting visits from White pelicans here in Michigan. We are wondering if they are breeding here. Thanks for sharing!
    ;-)WBW!

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  10. great job featuring these huge birds!

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  11. These birds always make me laugh until they take flight, then I am awed by their beauty!

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  12. wow, I´m impressed. Great shots. I espesially like those with the cool "hairdo". :)

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