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Name:   Sunsetologist - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Big white birds on water
Date:   5/31/2016 1:46:45 PM   IP ADDRESS: 24.99.49.176

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?





Name:   woodboat - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Big white birds on water
Date:   5/31/2016 2:47:18 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.143.79.244

I saw one of them on my neighbor's pier a couple of weekends ago and saw one fly through my slough Sunday.  I am also on Pace's Peninsula.  I have named them Big Bird.





Name:   John C - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Big white birds on water
Date:   5/31/2016 4:28:21 PM   IP ADDRESS: 97.86.48.62

They're migratory. Kenneth Boone did an article about them a couple of years ago in Lake Magazine or Lake Martin Living.





Name:   Wakin - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Big white birds on water
Date:   5/31/2016 8:54:53 PM   IP ADDRESS: 73.7.64.11

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.





Name:   alahusker - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Big white birds on water
Date:   6/1/2016 9:07:22 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.138.3.145

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.    







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