While they may not be the prettiest of birds, American White Pelicans are one of the most beautiful birds in flight you could hope to see. Their massive wingspan allows them to fly with ease and glide for amazing distances without a flap.
This particular one was showcasing its ability over a lake in northeastern Colorado by maintaining a low altitude just about the water’s surface.
American White Pelicans spend their winters along the Gulf and southern Pacific coasts as well as in Mexico. Springtime sees them move north with many going to Canada and the northern plains but some choosing to stop part way and spend the summer in the Centennial State, northern California and a few other spots.