Jul 202013
 

A swarm of dozens of non-migratory American White Pelicans flying over their summer home at Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas.

Wikipedia has this to say about American White Pelicans:

The American White Pelican rivals the Trumpeter Swan as the longest bird native to North America. Both very large and plump, it has an overall length is about 50–70 in (130–180 cm), courtesy of the huge beak which measures 11.3–15.2 in (290–390 mm) in males and 10.3–14.2 in (260–360 mm) in females. It has a wingspan of about 95–120 in (240–300 cm). The species also has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California Condor. Body weight can range between 9.2 and 30 lb (4.2 and 14 kg), although typically these birds average between 11 and 20 lb (5.0 and 9.1 kg). Among standard measurements, the wing chord measures 20–26.7 in (51–68 cm) and the tarsus measures 3.9–5.4 in (9.9–14 cm) long. The plumage is almost entirely bright white, except the black primary and secondary remiges, which are hardly visible except in flight. From early spring until after breeding has finished in mid-late summer, the breast feathers have a yellowish hue. After moulting into the eclipse plumage, the upper head often has a grey hue, as blackish feathers grow between the small wispy white crest.

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

American White Pelican - Lake Ray Hubbard

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