The large white pelicans are back in Florida and Tampa Bay. Unlike the brown pelicans, the white pelican’s aren’t year around residents to Florida, but beginning in the fall the large birds start to show up in our area. I didn’t realize but these beauties travel from Montana, Minnesota and even Canada to be among the areas “snowbirds” this time of year.
In St. Petersburg, these birds are most often spotted in and around Coffee Pot Bayou, sometimes the birds come really close to shore and you can get a good look at their beauty and size. They are about twice the size of the native brown pelicans and they seem to interact with the other birds pretty well.
I wanted to learn more about the birds the other day, here is what I thought was the coolest fact: they don’t dive into the water to retrieve their food, instead they travel together and herd fish near the shorelines in order to just bend down and swallow them up. Considering they eat about 4 pounds of food daily that’s a lot of fish schooling for them!
Have you seen them? Have you ever wondered where they came from? Did you know the white pelicans travel that far?
Some pictures we took yesterday morning of these beauties and the beautiful sunrise, both totally worth waking up for!