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White Pelican "Pig Out"
American White Pelican- Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
American White Pelican- Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, Family Pelecanidae. How many fish can he stuff inside his pouch? This is a first for me! I never thought any self respecting pelican would live in the Midwest! But, was I wrong....... "Huge water birds with long flat bills and great throat pouches. Mainly eat fish. The American White Pelican has been known to have a wing span of up to 9.5 feet! Does not plunge from the air like the Brown Pelican but rather scoops up fish while swimming." Often works a team to harvest fish. These fantastic birds were spotted in the Brookville Reservoir in the Whitewater Memorial State Park at the Silver Creek Ramp in extreme western Indiana near the Ohio border. Water levels were low. (Photo: April 10, 2004, Canon 10D, EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM, 1.4x teleconverter EF ll lens )
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Sources of species identification and other amazing info include (1) Cornell Lab of Ornithology--a fantastic site; (2)Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Peterson Field Guide Series, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company; (3) The National Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds and (4) Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Third Edition, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
Winter/Spring Bird Collection Quicktime Movie
A quicktime movie (CLICK on image Above) of bird photos taken over the 2004 Winter/Spring. I used a Canon 10D digital camera with a Canon 100-400 L lens, a Canon 300 L lens and a Canon 400 5.6 L lens.
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