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This bird is not common in my area. They have been stopping at Rend Lake during migration for a couple years now, staying approx. 1 week. I was lucky enough to see them today. Hey are huge. They are 50" long with a 110" wingspan'

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chickiemama

Thank you Gene, Hanne and Celeste.

CelesteH

Wow Great pic and a great find :)

Elfie

A bit surprising I should think!! Thanks so very much Sandy!!

gnt1041

Thanks for posting this Sandy as I read all the comments I learned a lot about the White Pelican :))))

chickiemama

Thank you jimvold.

jimvold

Pelicans are one of my wife's and I favorite sites when we visit the gulf. We love sitting on our balcony in the morning and watch a group of them gliding over the water in single file first thing in the morning. Good pics.

chickiemama

Thank you robryan and warbler.

warbler

Nice timing, Chickie. They are rare here in Va. Thanks.

robryan

Nice catch chickie!! Here on OZ they breed in inland lakes after good rains & then migrate to the coastal areas.

chickiemama

Thank you Patti. I was just about to write that info down from my bird book.

Thank you lyndee and tex.

morris186

Thanks, tex. You do learn something new everyday.

texasstar7

Morris that's what the bump on the top of the beak is. That's there when they're ready for breeding. Sometimes they get blown off course, too, I've read, by hurricanes or force winds. They are magnificent birds. Thanks, Chickie, for posting this.

morris186

Maybe they come inland tu breed. Thanks for the info, Patti!

lyndee

Glad you were able to get a picture of them Chickie. Interesting information PLG.

PLG1958

I wondered the same thing, Morris. This is from wikipedia:

"The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a large aquatic bird from the order Pelecaniformes. It breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in winter."

Thank you Sandy -- this is great!

morris186

But, aren't they coastal birds?

chickiemama

Thank you laura and morris. They are migrating through morris.

morris186

Very cool, chickie! What the .... is a pelican doing in Illinois?

laurajane

Great capture, chickie!

chickiemama

I bet you are right young man.

Thank you jcarroll.

jcarroll

Nice photo! Thanks, chickie!

photogent

Boy I bet he can eat a lot more then those Cormorants.

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