Pelicans Kettling

American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans

It’s always kind of surprise to see a big flock of White Pelicans when they’re migrating north. They look like big white hawks with black wingtips. The White Pelican of North America is quite different from their cousins the Brown Pelican. For one thing, the White Pelican migrates north for the breeding season, while the Browns stay put and are permanent residents down south along the coastlines. Brown Pelicans will also fly in formation, like Geese, along the coast. White Pelicans don’t fly in formation, they soar and make use of warm air thermals for lift, like Hawks.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

They are beautiful birds as they soar along with barely a flap of a wing.

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