Observation and Photo by kulabird1 via instagram.
Approximately 500 American White Pelicans.
These guys had just came in when I wasn't looking I turned around and saw a whole lot of white. These birds are not small but are rather large. They came in to Lake Arlington on their Migration down south. Unlike Brown Pelicans who stay down at the coast all year round these breed up north and spend winter here. They are excellent fish snatchers. In breeding plumage the males develop a huge knob on their bills and put on some yellowish color for breeding plumage. These birds came in two clumps but came in all at once. I took a video of some actually dipping their bills in the water in unison to catch fish. These guys were big and beautiful. I don't get to see Pelicans here all too often on their migration trek this is by far my second time in north Texas to see them on their trip back down to the coast. I saw plenty of these on my trip to the coast last year to see the winter migrants at Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. If you are new to birding a great trip to go birding would be the Winter Migration to the coast. Port Aransas is one of my favorite places to go birding and also just going out to Padre Island national seashore is great for young birders or beginning birders to add a few birds to the life list. Sometimes if you are lucky enough events like this one at local areas are possible. Birding is one of the best hobbies and I have turned my love for birding into a career option to be a specialist in entomology and ornithology.
They stop here for one day every year.
Pelicans are beginning to show up in their wintering grounds
about 250 migrating over (second picture is only a part of the larger group)
The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a large aquatic bird from the order Pelecaniformes. It breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in winter.