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American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos


Series: Shortly after sunrise, I was pleasantly surprised (or shocked) to have found a half-dozen huge American White Pelicans (extremely rare in Michigan) swimming among several of species of waterfowl including ducks, grebe and gulls. There were also several Double-crested Cormorants that were swimming side-by-side with the pelicans, which can be seen in my photos. After observing them for about a half-hour, they were spooked by a small fishing boat and took flight, also seen in several photos.


Mouth of the Huron River and Lake Erie.


The pelican sighting is unusual [in Michigan], but not unheard of, according to Chuck Pistis of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension program.

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Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.04, Long: -83.20

Spotted on Apr 13, 2017
Submitted on Apr 26, 2017

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