Photo of the Day: White pelican swimming at dawn

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white pelican photo

credit: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Found mainly in western and southern portions of North America, American White Pelicans enjoy feeding in shallow marshes and estuaries such as this one.

From Audubon:

One of North America's largest birds, the American White Pelican is distinctive for its nine-foot wingspan, conspicuous white body, and the improbable proportions of its large bill and pouch. Despite their size, the pelicans are graceful fliers, with flocks soaring high in the air and wheeling in unison. In flight, black wing tips and trailing edges are good field marks. American White Pelicans may be seen cooperatively foraging in shallow waters, or at adjacent loafing sites, where they are tolerant of human observation at a respectful distance.

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