I love pelicans and I love this collective noun..perfection. There is an alternate noun, a Squadron, which did fit perfectly for one of the images, but I really had to use pouch. These are Brown Pelicans from Florida and they are now in their brighter breeding plumage. It was a great day at the beach with picture (pun intended) perfect conditions. I got rather lucky when one of them decided to take to the sky right in my direction!

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In case you were curious:

  • Brown Pelicans are the only species to dive into the water from 30 feet above
  • Their pouch is capable of holding up to 3 gallons of water, several times more than their belly
  • The present form of pelican has changed very little over the past 30-40 million years
  • Size: Body, 5.8 ft (1.8 m); wingspan, 10 ft (3 m)
  • Weight: 30 lbs (13 kg)

I was photographing these pelicans at Ft. DeSoto’s North Beach as you can see from this map. It is a great location for bird photography with the spring being particularly productive.

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