American White Pelican Pair

I mentioned in my last post about a boat tour we took at low tide and being delighted with dolphins.

My primary reason for the boat ride was to hopefully see a large number of American White Pelicans known to use Indian Key as a resting place at low tide.

As we circled the island, we found just two.  Along with a Double-crested Cormorant keeping them company.

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American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorant


You can see a ‘horn’ beginning to protrude from the top of these pelicans’ beaks.  When the horn is fully grown, it’s a sign to each other they are ready to breed.


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American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorant


American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants are an interesting mix often found together.  And here I found proof!  Cormorants even nest individually or in groups within pelican colonies. 

No doubt, they must feel safe with these enormous white birds.

And although there were only two pelicans, I was happy with seeing them.  It was later, inland, that I would see many more to my delight and of which I’ve already shared with you!



27 thoughts on “American White Pelican Pair

  1. What an interesting combination. In a similar manner I have discovered that every year, underneath our osprey platform a pair of starlings nest and share the platform with the nesting ospreys directly above them.

  2. The America White Pelicans, are good looking birds that I’d like to see them in person soon. Your photos are excellent as always. 🙂

  3. Such dignified birds.

    Interesting that Osprey don’t mind Starlings & Sparrows close by. I guess since they are fish eaters, little birds aren’t prey nor are they competing for the same food source.

    • Thank you, Gunta, it is a great comparison shot, cormorants stand pretty tall when out of the water. I couldn’t believe with that comparison to see how thick those pelican legs looked, definitely a majestic bird. 😊

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