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I recently spent time visiting the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf in Florida.   While there, I observed many brown pelicans.   I find them fascinating, and thought you might be interested in learning a little bit about pelicans.  
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There are eight living species of pelicans in the world.  These majestic birds inhabit every continent except Antarctica, from southern-lying Tasmania all the way up to Western Canada.  Most pelicans live in warm regions, around coasts and river estuaries, where they feed on everything from fish and crustaceans to tadpoles and turtles.  If they’re really hungry and desperate, they might even drown and swallow a seagull.

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Unique among the world's seven species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes.  It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food. While the Brown Pelican is draining the water from its bill after a dive, gulls often try to steal the fish right out of its pouch.  They sometimes even perch on the pelican's head or back and reach in.  The pelican itself, however, is not above stealing fish from other seabirds.  It also follows fishing boats and hangs around piers for handouts.

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One of North America's largest birds, the American White Pelican is distinctive for its nine-foot wingspan, conspicuous white body, and the improbable proportions of its large bill and pouch.  Despite their size, the pelicans are graceful fliers, with flocks soaring high in the air and wheeling in unison.  In flight, black wing tips and trailing edges are good field marks.

 American White Pelicans may be seen cooperatively foraging in shallow waters,  where they are tolerant of human observation at a respectful distance. Great Link

American White Pelicans

Originally posted to Itzl Alert Network on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:55 PM PDT.

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