Tag Archives: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Melanins

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Social Signaling A book I received for Christmas got me interested in melanins in bird feathers. Melanins are pigments found in most organisms. Their chemistry is complex and their functions in many organisms are not understood. In birds they are … Continue reading

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Meanwhile. . .

On Monday I posted photographs of a common merganser (Mergus merganser) speeding through the water while leaving a wake like a motorboat. (Common Merganser Courtship?? 05-01-2017) Meanwhile. . . . an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) was following the merganser. … Continue reading

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Juvenile American White Pelican

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 … Continue reading

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American White Pelican

I certainly misinterpreted something I saw at Baum Lake. Throughout the spring I have been watching the pelicans at the lake in the hope of seeing some chicks or nesting adults. When I saw these pelicans with their dark grey … Continue reading

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Pelican “Keel”

Male and female American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) develop a fibrous keel (knob or horn) on their culmen (top bill) during the breeding season. The keels can be up to two inches high. After the pelicans mate and lay their … Continue reading

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Breeding American White Pelican

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American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)┬álay one to six white eggs on a low mound built from mud and debris, usually on marshy islands. These monogamous birds nest in colonies. Try as I may, I cannot find pelican nests. Although I … Continue reading

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Spread Wings

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A friend called the other day on her cell phone. She just passed a bald eagle sitting on a pole with its wings spread out. It never closed its wings and she wanted to know why it was sitting that … Continue reading

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