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Is that a Plane? Nope. A White Pelican.

December 11, 2016

 

One of The Ark's newest rescues is a White Pelican. We do not get many of these in! White pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America, with an average wingspan of 9 feet which is second only to the condor. With their wings tucked in they appear all white, but they have beautiful black primary feathers clearly visible when their wings are outstretched. Despite their size, these birds soar with incredible steadiness. On the water they dip their pouched bills to scoop... up fish, or tip-up like an oversized duck. Sometimes, groups of pelicans work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding. The pelican was found near 206 with a fish hook lodged in one of his wings and line entanglement. After some rest to heal a wing strain, he will be released with the help of Zach McKenna of St. Augustine Eco Tours who will bring him by boat out to a known colony of White Pelicans in the 206 area.

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