Big Seven

American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

The low morning tide of Memorial Day brought out more American White Pelicans than have recently been documented here. Photographer James Kusz captured a video of five of these giant birds last June, and Rhea Loudon recorded a lovely ballet duet just a month ago. This day there was a troupe of seven of them, all hanging together, and feeding in an unhurried way as they headed south toward the shallowest water. Two of the birds have the “horn” on their bill that indicates they’re in breeding mode. Both males and females have it. It falls off after eggs are laid. This pelican is the longest or second-longest native American bird, along with the Trumpeter Swan, and it has an average wingspan of close to ten feet, just shy of the California condor. (The Brown Pelican’s average wingspan is around seven feet.)

American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

More about them: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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