Great White Pelican.
Native to Eastern Europe and through Asia and Africa, the Great White Pelican is an extremely large bird, measuring up to one-hundred and eighty centimeters in length. Their bill alone can be up to forty-seven centimeters long. Spotting these birds in their natural habitats is thankfully rather easy, as they are one of the most widely distributed pelicans and are showing strong numbers across Africa, and even the former Soviet Union, where up to 4,300 breeding pars reside. -
Great White Pelicans are naturally suited to aquatic life. Primarily eating fish, their large pouch serves as a scooping mechanism, allowing them to trap fish without the needing the same precision as birds who hunt using their talons. They also hunt in packs. A group of six to eight great white pelicans may gather in a horseshoe formation to begin feeding together. They dip their bills in unison, creating a circle of open pouches, ready to trap every fish in the area. Most feeding is cooperative and done in groups, especially in shallow waters where fish schools can be corralled easily, though they may also forage alone as well. Perhaps the most striking feature of the Great White Pelican is their adaptability. They are opportunistic hunters, not limited to just fish, and they can be found living in East Africa and Nepal at elevations of up to 1,372 m (4,501 ft).
Strong populations across various climates, continents, and regions has the Great White Pelican listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
This Great White Pelican was photographed at the Lowry Zoo in Tampa Bay, Florida.
I was promply kicked out of the BoA building for taking the second picture here. It's a struggle out there for photographers in Charlotte, so many places, mostly BoA of Wells Fargo buildings, don't allow photography and kick you out if they see you with a camera.