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.
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.
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
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.
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