Pelicans Spotted Soaring in Indiana: A Spectacular Sight for Hoosier Bird Lovers
If you would have told me a week ago that you spotted some pelicans at a lake in Indiana, I would have called you a liar. I would have told you that there aren't any pelicans in Indiana - and I would have been wrong. I now know that pelicans, at least American White Pelicans, are fairly common in Indiana, especially during this time of year. In fact, I now know more about pelicans than I ever thought I would, and I guess I have to thank a talented Indiana photographer for that.
I saw these amazing pelican pictures taken by Courtney Brooks, and I had to know more about them - that's when Courtney kinda educated me and led me to learn more about pelicans in Indiana.
Courtney has been watching these American White Pelicans since mid-February when they landed at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. He tells me the largest amount he saw at one time was about 100 pelicans. Here are some of the things that stood out to him while observing the flock...
It's been fascinating observing how they work together while fishing, playfully fighting with one another, and huddling up to sleep and stay warm. The pelicans appear to be about community, working together as one, and depending on one another. One day I was fortunate to see them take off for flight, and they would do so in groups of four to six at a time almost like it was flight training.
Pelican Fun Facts
- American White Pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America with a wingspan of 9 to 10 feet.
- A pelican's pouch can stretch up to six inches and can hold three gallons of water!
- Pelicans eat more than just fish. They have been seen eating turtles, small mammals, insects, and even other birds.
- During the breeding season, a broad, flat, yellow, or orange “horn” appears on the upper bills of sexually mature pelicans (both male and female).
See more of these beautiful birds below...