Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pelican Flock

I got to witness this amazing flock of pelicans fly directly over my house this afternoon!  Minnesota is home to several summer nesting ground sites for these large birds who have wingspans that can reach 9 feet.  They winter along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico.  It was awesome to watch them - they were soaring on the air currents, just circling in big, lazy circles.

I had just pulled into the driveway when I saw them, so I ran in and grabbed my camera, snapped a few quick photos as they flew over me, then hopped back into my truck to follow them a little ways, hoping for a few more photos.  Felt a little like a storm chaser!

I counted 145 in this first picture (I think!) :)

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