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Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

A Hop, Skip, and Jump

The sun was up but the light was dim this morning. This American White Pelican made a nice reflection in the pond as he effortlessly took off.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

These Pelicans start the lift off without any notice, just lift their wings and go.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

One more skip.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

I thought he might settle back down the way he was dragging his feet.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Finally, clear of the water. The whole process was just a couple seconds.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Mary’s House Pond, Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC.

American White Pelican Coming In

American White Pelicans have a nine foot (2.75 Meter) wingspan. They are surprisingly graceful and I watched many of them fly over a pond and land on a sand bar. Evidently only I was impressed; the other occupants of the sand bar never even looked up.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

As he turned you can get a feel for how large these birds are in comparison to the Ring-billed Gulls,

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

and the Cormorants standing around.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Once they hit land they tended to strut along a bit, quickly blending in with the rest of the gathering.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
December 24, 2019