Video: American White Pelicans in Lake Wales

By: Kevin Mims


I've been traveling a lot to the Lake Wales area this year, but none of those trips were specifically for watching wildlife. For me, it's always cool to come across a pond full of birds, whether it's in town or deep in the woods. This video goes to show you that sometimes you don't have to go too far off the beaten path to see some neat stuff.

White pelicans are always a treat to see, so it made my latest trip to Lake Wales extra special. I actually shot this video right in town behind where the Lake Wales Art Festival was taking place, and I think the pelicans got just as much attention as the art show. I guess most people attending considered it an extra bonus. 

American White Pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America, with a nine-foot wingspan and mostly white body. If you look at the photo, you'll see one with its wings out, showing off black tips. That's an easy way to identify them when they're in flight, if the size alone doesn't give it away, that is.

These guys are generally laid back, and you can usually observe them from a close distance. During the winter months, you will find them in small colonies along the gulf coast of Florida. I've never seen any around Lake Wales, but I think it's common to see them in this area as well. 

You can skip all the pelican hunting and just watch the video, if you are short on time. It also makes for a good afternoon escape while at the office, right? 

Got cool birding photos or video? Show them to me over on the VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors and Nature Facebook page. I'd love to see what you guys are seeing!

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