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Fine art prints of pelicans for the walls of your home or office.

The American white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos) ranges from midwest to west northern Canada and the United States down to the gulf states, along the gulf over to Florida, down through Mexico and Central America to Panama. This is an inland freswater bird that only shows up around salt water coasts in its winter range.

 

This is a large stocky bird measuring from 50" to 70" in length with a wingspan between 95" and 120", second only to the condors in the Americas. They have broad wings made for soaring, a long neck, thick bodies, short legs, large webbed feet, short tails, and a huge bill that is flat on the top with a large throat sac below. The American white pelican is almost entirely white with black flight feathers that only show during flight. During breeding season in the early spring to mid summer, the breast has a yellowish hue, the bill is a bright yellowish orange with a flat horn on the top, and the iris, the bare skin on the face, legs and feet are also yellowish-orange. After mating and laying their eggs, they shed the horn, the bare skin becomes a duller yellow and the bill, pouch and feet become an orangy flesh color.

The American white pelican eats mainly fish, that it catches while swimming. They do not plunge-dive for prey. They also eat some other aquatic animals like crayfish, salamanders and frogs. They usually feed cooperatively in shallow water, surrounding prey or driving them towards shore to concentrate them, then all plunging their beaks into the schools simultaneously. When they do feed in deeper water they typically forage alone.

 

They breen mainly on isolated islands in the freshwater lakes of interior mid-west/west Canada and the United States.

Fine art prints of American white pelicans for the walls of your home or office.

Picture of an American white pelican swimming in Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Just Chugging Along

Picture of a pair of American white pelicans swimming in Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: White Pelican Pair

Picture of a American white pelican in a Riverview, Florida Lake as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: White Pelican

Picture of a abstract rendition of a pelican as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Roseatte Blue Billed Pelican

Picture of a flight of American white pelicans over the phosphate pits in Polk County, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Florida Vacation

Picture of an American white pelican in the spatterdock of Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: White Pelican Among The Spatterdock

Picture of an American white pelican stretching its wings in a Riverview, Florida pond as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Under My Wings

Picture of an American white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  for your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title: Pelecanus Erythrorhynchos

Picture of an American white pelican circling a pond in Riverview, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Circling Observation

Picture of a trio of American white pelicans swimming in a Riverview, Florida pond as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Pelican Trio

Picture of an American white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  for your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title: Pelecanus Erythrorhynchos Bw

American white pelican as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   White Pelican On Lake Morton

The brown pelican (pelecanus occidentalis) is one of three pelicans in the Americas and can be found on the coasts of the United States, Mexico, Central America, northwestern South America and the Caribbean. They are rarely seen inland except at the Salton Sea in California. It and the Peruvian pelican are the only two pelicans that plung-dive for prey.

 

Although the brown pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelicans in the world, it is not a small bird measuring from 42" to 54" in length with a wingspan between 72" and 99." It is a large, stocky seabird with short black legs and large black webbed feet that help them to be excellent swimmers. Their pale yellow-grayish bill is almost as long as the body, flat on top with a hooked tip and a large throat pouch below which terns reddish in breeding adults. The head is white but often gets a yellowish wash in adult birds. Their back, wings and short tail are streaked with  gray and dark brown, sometimes with a rusty tinge. The breast and belly are a blackish brown and in breeding plumage the back and sides of the neck are a rich chestnet brown. Juveniles have a brownish grey neck and face and white breast and belly.

Brown pelicans feed almost exclusively on fish and the occassional crustacean they catch by mistake. They usually plunge-dive for their prey, targeting fish that school near the surface of the water like menhaden and mullet. They will feed like other pelicans if the water is too shallow or too murky to make sure that it is safe for diving, swimming strongly along the surface and plunging their beaks into the schools of fish in the shallow waters

 

The brown pelican may dive from as high as sixty five feet in the air, tucking its head and rotating its body to the left, probably to protect the esophagus and trachea which are on the right side of its neck. 

 

Where the brown pelican's and the Peruvian Pelican's range overlaps, the sureest way to tell the difference is during the breeding season when the pouch of the brown pelican turns reddish and the Peruvian pelican's pouch turns blue.

Fine art prints of brown pelicans for the walls of your home or office.

Picture of a brown pelican resting on the Weedon Idland Park fishing piet in St. Petersburg as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Brown Pelican Resting

Picture of a brown pelican resting on a dock as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: A White Crown

Picture of a brown pelican taking off from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Take Off

 

Picture of an immature brown pelican begging in one of the Bahia Beach, Florida marinas as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Waiting For A Handout

Black and white picture of a brown pelican with outstretched wings as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:  Brown Pelican BW

Picture of a brown pelican looking for a handout from a fishing guide in Ruskin, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of a brown pelican diving into the water around the Anna Maria City Pier in Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Laying Low

Title: Crash Landing

Picture of a brown pelican near the Anna Maria Island City Pier in Manatee County, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of a brown pelican diving into the water around the Anna Maria Island City Pier Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Black and white picture of a brown pelican (pelecanus occidentalis) swallowing its catch for your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title:  Pelecanus Occidentalis

Title:  Crash Landing BW

Picture of a brown pelican diving around Manatee County, Florida's Anna Maria Island City Pier as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:  Divers Treat

Picture of a brown pelican with outstretched wings as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:  Brown Pelican

Title: Down The Hatch Bw

Black and white picture of a brown pelican near the Anna Maria Island City Pier in Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Pelecanus Occidentalis Bw

Picture of a brown pelican swallowing its catch as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Down The Hatch

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