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Clear the landing strip. Pelican inbound!

I captured this pic of an American White Pelican on its way to a water landing in a nearby pond last week. My wife is absolutely fascinated with these birds and I really can’t blame her (although I do think raptors are far cooler!). Pelicans have so much character, are absolutely beautiful and despite their massive size, are amazingly graceful in flight.

An American White Pelican prepares to land in a pond in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American White Pelican prepares to land in a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pelican photo lineup

Trying to get nine of any living thing to cooperate for a nice photo is tough. Directing nine American White Pelicans to line up for a photo proved to be impossible. 😉

Despite their unwillingness to hold their heads high all at once and pose, these massive birds did provide a great deal of entertainment as they fished in a small pond. This pod worked together, circling the pond while in a cluster, driving the fish and making them easier to catch.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

Nine American White Pelicans line up while catching fish in a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Nine American White Pelicans line up while catching fish in a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pelican showcases massive wingspan in flight

While driving by a local pond I noticed this graceful bird lazily swimming and fishing.  Doing my best to be stealthy, I managed to walk around the tree-lined shore and snap some nice pics of it.

Not long after, it decided the fishing wasn’t very good at this location and took off for better grounds.  I managed a few nice flight shots that showcase the American White Pelican’s massive wingspan which can be as big across as nine feet.

You probably wouldn’t normally associate these birds with Colorado but a great number of them actually spend their summers here in the Centennial State.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

An American White Pelican flies over a pond in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American White Pelican flies over a pond in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An aerial sign of spring as Pelicans return to the Colorado Front Range

You know spring is almost here when these big birds start arriving and they did just that this past week. American White Pelicans spend their winters in the southern United States and Mexico. During the summer they head for cooler environs including Colorado. Yesterday there were about a dozen at a lake in suburban Denver, including this one which performed a nice flyby.

An American White Pelican flies with ease through the air.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American White Pelican flies with ease through the air. (© Tony’s Takes)

American White Pelican flyover

Another shot from the Colorado plains from last week.  This very large bird provided a great subject, especially with the clear, blue skies.  These birds are one of the biggest in North America with wingspans that can reach up to 10 feet across and lengths approaching 6 feet.  They can appear a bit gangly and awkward but are in fact beautiful fliers.  You can read more about them here: http://bit.ly/1nHibTT 

American White Pelican flyover. © Tony’s Takes

American White Pelican flyover. © Tony’s Takes

Pelicans play follow the leader

The American white pelicans have returned to the Great Plains for the spring and summer. These large aquatic birds spend their winters in Mexico and Central America.

Follow the leader. (© Tony’s Takes)

Follow the leader. (© Tony’s Takes)

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