American White Pelican was recently the subject of a fascinating article in The Passenger Pigeon, the excellent journal of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. The bird breeds primarily in the north-central and western United States and in western and central Canadian provinces, but it’s not staying put. Since 1994, it’s been moving eastward, as you can read here.
The five photos below are from our U.S. and Canada Gallery.
The low-flying pelicans above were photographed by Laure Wilson Neish as they migrated north through the Okanagan Valley, near Penticton, British Columbia.
Photographer Hans Spiecker (spiecks) spotted this American White Pelican winging past beautiful Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
The pelican above was wading in a pond in Fort Myers, Florida. Joshua Clark (eagleye) tells us he took the photo near sunset.
Hunting cooperatively as Debra Herst (westcoastbirder) watched, these pelicans formed a circle, herded fish into its center, then dipped into the water.
Another photo by Laure Wilson Neish, taken in the Okanagan Valley, near Penticton. Laure says the pelicans look like small airplanes when airborne, and we agree.