Tag Archives: American White Pelican

American White Pelicans, Late In Season

We were surprised to find American White Pelicans at Donnelley on May 15, thinking they had long flown north for the summer.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

A dozen or so were around the pond and a few paddled closer, occasionally feeding but mostly just bobbing around.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

An Alligator paddled by, too; they ignored him.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans and American Alligator

A wider view with the Pelicans moving towards the back of the pond.

American White Pelicans, Vultures in Spoonie Tree, Big Pond at Donnelley WMA

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

Great Egret Goal Posts

It was a nail-biter.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

For me.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Surely the White Pelican would swoosh between the Great Egrets…

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

But no, he ran out of oomph and veered left.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

There was to be no touch down score for this American White Pelican

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

White Pelican Landing

Landing gear down, an American White Pelican prepared for splash down.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

He aimed for the wake his pal had just left…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

…and his pal.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

I guess they have done this before…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

…  neither displayed any concern about their proximity.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 9, 2022

White Pelican Taking Off

I missed the actual lift off from the water, and you can see from the little splash that it was a dainty maneuver. I believe this trio was standing on a submerged log, not on the muddy pond floor, which likely would take more effort.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

One big flap of the wings and he was up…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican {wingspan: 96.1-114.2 in (244-290 cm)

and away, leaving his pals behind.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

As I’ve witnessed other times, he wasn’t going far after all that. He settled on the other side of a hummock and started to feed.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 9, 2022

American White Pelican Taking Off

Seeing an American White Pelican lift off from the water is an impressive sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

A couple of wing flaps and a small splash

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

and they are airborne.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

This time the Pelican wasn’t going far, he lifted up over this hummock and landed on the other side, out of my sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
December 25, 2021

American White Pelicans, Early Light

Getting to the Wildlife Management Area early payed off yesterday with some gorgeous early light and a small flock of American White Pelicans.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

These two were fairly close to the dike and the marsh grass made a nice reflection in the water.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

Back and forth, a cool profile shadow on the leader.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

And an occasional gulp of a snack.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
December 25, 2021

I’m Not Going To Look

What’s a Great Blue Heron to think when two gigantic American White Pelicans paddle into his space?

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Don’t look, maybe they won’t see me.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Still not looking.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

I’ll just turn a little.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Wading, Swimming, Lurking

The Great Blue Heron was wading, two American White Pelicans swam by, the Alligators were just hanging there. And just a flash of pink of a Roseate Spoonbill preening in the grass.

American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators
American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators, Roseate Spoonbill (way back)

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 27, 2021

American White Pelicans, 2021

I have almost these same images of four American White Ibis from last year in a different pond.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

The White Ibis sharing their space mixed it up a little.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

The White Pelicans are fascinating to watch as they shape-shift their positions from a straight line to a blob…

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

then back to a line as they follow the food.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

All together now….

American White Pelicans Feeding
American White Pelicans Feeding

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 14, 2021