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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great White Pelican, usually from Africa and Asia in Ding Darling NWR, FL Today

What a surprise when birders found a Great White Pelican, in J.N. Ding Darling NWR today. Normally found breeding from southeastern Europe through Asia and Africa, it is not known where it came from. It was not banded. The female in breeding plumage has orangey skin on its face, the male has pinkish skin, so this bird looks more like it has orangish facial skin and a female. It was discovered in the morning, then spent over an hour soaring over the refuge then settled on a sandbar with the American White Pelicans.

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