American White Pelican

We have two species of Pelican in South Florida, the American White Pelican and the Brown Pelican.  Other than the obvious difference in their appearance, indicated by their names, their feeding styles are also quite different.  The Brown Pelican hovers and dives for its meals, while the American White Pelican forages while swimming.  It dips its large bill into the water and scoops up fish, amphibians and crayfish.  Here are some images of one catching a frog at Cutler Wetland in southern Miami-Dade, Florida.

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Pulling up a frog…
down the hatch!

Pelicans at Dusk

Today on my way home from work I decided to stop by the Cutler Wetlands in Cutler Bay, FL.  It was close to dusk.  A trio of American White Pelicans was getting ready to settle down for the night.  They lined up in a row and gave me an opportunity to snap this quick photo.

American White Peilcans