Fun Fact: A group of pelicans is called a pod! A pod of pelicans visits us each year at The Waters. A “scout” pod member is traditionally spotted around Lake Cameron right after the new year and the remainder of the pod arrives mid-January and leaves in February.
Pelicans are fascinating creatures that have captured the hearts of many. Pelicans are large waterbirds with distinctive long bills and throat pouches. They are found on every continent except for Antarctica and can be found in both saltwater and freshwater environments. The pelicans we welcome to Lake Cameron each year are American White Pelicans, which are migratory birds that breed in the northern United States and Canada and winter in the southern United States and Mexico. They are one of the largest birds in North America, with a wingspan of up to 9 feet!
Pelicans are known for their unique fishing technique. They swim on the surface of the water in a line, herding fish into shallow water or pushing them towards the shore. Once the fish are in range, the pelicans dip their bills into the water and scoop up the fish along with a mouthful of water. They then drain the water out of their bill and swallow the fish whole.
It’s always a treat to see pelicans in the wild. We are honored that they choose to call The Waters in Pike Road home for a few weeks each year. If you have the opportunity to observe them, be sure to do so from a respectful distance so as not to disturb them. And, don’t forget to bring your camera – you never know when you might capture the perfect shot of these magnificent birds!
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