I something very interesting this morning in our slough on Pace's Point... a flock very large white birds. After getting the binoculars out, there appeared to be 11 pelicans - white with a large bill - slowly swimming on top of the water. They looked just like the brown ones I see at the beach except all white. When they would flap their wings as though stretching, I noticed some black along the bottom of their wings. Several websites indicate they are American white pelicans and can be 4 feet tall with a wing span of 9 feet. I think I have seen these birds flying way up high overhead in the fall, but I have never seen them in the water so close to me. Has anyone else observed these birds on Lake Martin before?
Your coloring description sounds just like Whooping Crane, they are migrating back north (a little late though). They are a protected endangered species, every year or two some unaware hunters mistake them for Sandhill Cranes which are huntable. It's a huge bird.
You had it right, White Pelican. A few weeks ago I was fishing with a friend in the Windcreek area and marveled at flock of about 16. They were fairly comfortable within 50 - 60 yards of the boat. Must be a fairly rare sighting, we have been on the lake for 20 years, it was a first for me. Beautiful birds.