This breeding season was a good one for American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Many juveniles are swimming among their elders at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA), where this photograph was taken.
Like adults, a juvenile American white pelican appears entirely white when swimming, except the juvenile’s head, nape, neck and upperwing coverts are a light, dusky grey.
American white pelicans breed in shallow inland wetlands and winter in coastal bays and estuaries throughout Southern North America and Central America.
These huge summer visitors to our area will soon be leaving for their winter ranges.