Five On The Wing – #2


Continuing with my new series of sharing five birds in flight, here are five birds that have some of the largest wingspans in Florida.

They are in order of the smaller to the larger in wingspan, along with their approximate wingspan measurement.


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Wood Stork   –   59-71 inches (150-180 cm)


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Osprey   –   59-71 inches (150-180 cm)


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Great Blue Heron  –  66-79 inches (168-200 cm)


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Brown Pelican  –  78-90 inches (198-228 cm)


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American White Pelican  –  95-120 inches (241-304 cm)


Shhhhh……here’s a bonus sixth photo, another one of the Brown Pelican above.  That Brown Pelican was coming straight at me on the dock, to get as close as it could to land next to the fishing table, where a guy was standing with equipment, waiting for incoming boat.  I just loved the wingspan partially closed.


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Brown Pelican coming in for a dock landing


More to come in another later Five On The Wing series post!



44 thoughts on “Five On The Wing – #2

    • I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this post, Jane. My files are brimming with photos from the past month, I thought it’d be nice to try to use my favorites to learn along, me included! 😊

    • Thank you, Belinda! I had to share the bonus shot, he was coming in all goofy. I actually got 5-6 total, I pulled the prettiest partial wingspan. When he landed, he just looked at me and I had to laugh. 😉

  1. Spectacular, Donna! I love pelicans. Mm, I haven’t seen a Wood Stork in a long time – not sure I ever saw one close up in flight. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Great shots and great information! I was surprised to see the wood storks and ospreys have similar sized wing spans. I would have though the wood stork was much bigger.

  3. Those are some impressive wingspans but I love the partially closed wings of the pelican, too. I wonder who he’s cutting off there, sitting behind him on the mooring.

  4. Always your photography makes me so excited. You are great photographer dear Donna, Thank you, Love, nia

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