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Monday, May 28, 2007

Am. White Pelicans, the graceful giants

We don't usually get many American White Pelicans in the Canon City area because we don't have any large bodies of water though some come through our area on their way to South Park where they breed. When one of the lakes in the mountains where they have bred for many years was drained, a number of Am White Pelicans were coming back to Canon City and staying around for weeks, as though they didn't know what to do since their breeding area was dry. This year we have maybe 8-10 birds that are either late migrators or are sticking around (I did see that one had an injured foot).
With an 8 foot wingspan these giants are astoundingly graceful in their flight. I always enjoy watching them fly together as though they were one of the synchronized airplane groups.

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