I apologize for the repost, but find it interesting comparing the two White Pelicans. My bird book also comments on the plate on top of the bill indicating a breeding adult. Still don't know why this guy is totally white.
No appologies needed, Russ! Love to see your pelicans and compare them. I went to my book, Birds of North America,...(I'm going to get another book that covers birds world wide if I can...this is such an interesting subject!) and it shows an adult male that is all white, much like yours. But the book also shows three in flight with black on the underside of their wings, like mine. Unfortunately the book doesn't give an explaination of the differences and lists both as American Whites. I have it listed as 62"-H and 108"-W on size. Ours seem to come up from the Gulf Coast and Louisiana. Some go up into Canada, but a good number summer here because of the large man-made lake and dam, –Saylorville Lake in Polk City, Iowa. Your pelicans have lovely almost lemon yellow coloring around there eyes and mine have very little yellow and have darker pigment surrounds. Now you are in Maryland and your pelicans may winter more in the tip of Florida. I'll keep looking about to see what else I can find out! Thank you for posting this Lovely shot! Hope someday I can get some better shots of the pelicans here. I have a couple more shots, but still not as good as your shots and Alans. Daenna
Great shot Russ.....lots of action and interst with the other birds......that's togetherness if ever I saw it....Alan.......Russ, with many bird species there are sub-species, that may be the case with your all white bird...I don't have an American bird book, so I am only assuming