PelicansAmerican pelicans conduct "flight school." Young fledglings watch their older cousins get the hang of flying.
American white pelicans are one of the world’s largest birds. They can weigh 8 kilograms. Wingspans over three metres are not uncommon. Time spent this year, with “our” breeding colony was life changing.
Last winter, Sharie and I carefully planned our strategy. The priority was the safety of every species inhabiting the breeding grounds.
Our colony of white pelicans inhabited a group of islands. Ample space prevented crowding. The islands were shared with nesting doublecrested cormorants and herring gulls. The symbiotic relationships between these species proved to be deeper and more complex than we expected.
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