Bird of the Day (BOTD) November 5, 2019 – Pelican

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American White Pelican                                                                                 Images: Hannah Keene 2019

When you first look at a pelican, no matter how many you have seen, the first thing that you notice is their weird, uncanny beak. But equally impressive are their huge, powerful wings. (See the second photo above.)  An adult American White Pelican weighs 14 lbs, but has a wing span of 9 Feet. They are one of the largest North American birds.

Posted for Granny Shot It’s Photo Challenge Bird of the Day (BOTD) and Water Water Everywhere (WWE).

I’m a Cormorant Drying My Wings

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Hannah Keene 2019

The outer portion of a cormorant’s feathers is not waterproof and in fact retains water. They have to spread and flap their wings in order to dry them after swimming under water looking for food. Who knew? I thought every water bird had water proof wings!

Posted for Debbie Smyth’s Six Word Saturday.