Sunday, 18 August 2013

American White Pelican at Princess Point

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
at Princess Point, Hamilton, ON
17 August 2013

    It was exciting, while birding at Princess Point in the afternoon (following a morning at Ellacott Landing) to discover a White Pelican. I say discover in the widest possible sense, realizing that the bird had already been seen by others. It was feeding with a large number of Double-crested Cormorants Phalacrocorax auritus and Ring-billed Gulls Larus delawarensis. There was evidently a large shoal of fish in the area for all the birds were feeding virtually non-stop, including the pelican which could be seen dumping the water from its pouch and manipulating the fish down its gullet.
   The picture is taken from far away ( I was on one side of the bay, the bird was on the other) but I feel that even this low grade picture is worth posting to memorialize this great sighting.

    Many of the cormorants were much closer; thereby a little more cooperative photographically.

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