American White Pelican

Length 4.3–5.9 ft., wingspan 8.0–9.5 ft., weight 10–20 lb. Plumage almost entirely white, except for black primary and secondary remiges only visible in flight.

The bills, pouches, and bare facial skin of all species become brighter before breeding season commences. The American white pelican grows a prominent knob on its bill that is shed once females have laid eggs. The plumage of immature pelicans is darker than that of adults. Newly hatched chicks are naked and pink, darkening to grey or black after 4 to 14 days, then developing a covering of white or grey down.

There were still 6 on Lake Conway on Tuesday. These were two of them.

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Kay Garrett Kay Garrett

Taken 10:03 AM on March 12, 2019
Uploaded 8:05 AM on March 14, 2019
Posted in Wildlife
  • COOLPIX A900
  • ƒ/6.9
  • 1/1000 sec.
  • 128 mm
  • 280 ISO
Mayflower, AR
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