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.