Friday, August 26, 2011

Florida Pelicans

The Pelican is one of the strangest and most amusing birds of the South.  Their large pouch-like underbill can hold enormous quantities of food and feeding them is a very popular pastime.

We are a pelican family,
Queerer birds you'll never see.
With beaks so elastic,
We look quite fantastic.
But at fishing, we're tops, you'll agree.

The Pelecanus Occidentalis Linnaeus or Brown Pelican of Florida is a strange weird creature.  Its most noticeable feature is the long bill connected with throat by a large naked gular pouch capable of much expansion.
Ma and Pa Pelican are very similar in appearance, but look closely and you will notice that Ma's head and neck are white - from worrying about Pa no doubt!

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