Friday, July 18, 2014
Enormous white pelican caught on camera
This bird is so large it boggles the mind. There is a loon in some of these shots for comparison. Loons are large water birds but seem miniature compared to the pelican.
The white pelican is North America's second-largest bird with a wingspan just under 10 feet. The endangered California condor is the largest.
Pelicans seem to be scouting-out Red Lake the past few years. I've seen at least one each year for the past five seasons. Our guests have reported seeing them over the last 10 years.
They are shallow water feeders, preferring to swim around with their mouths open, scooping up minnows. Red Lake would seem to be too deep for such a tactic but nevertheless, the giant birds are here.