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  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    An American white pelican is reflected in the Feather River north of Worth Road off Garden Highway on Sunday north of Sacramento. Locals say they group together in this location most of the summer. Info can be found on the Audubon website www.audubon.org.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    American white pelicans rest on on driftwood in the Feather River north of Worth Road off Garden Highway north of Sacramento. Despite their size, the pelicans are graceful fliers, with flocks soaring high in the air and wheeling in unison. In flight, black wing tips and trailing edges are good field marks. American white pelicans may be seen cooperatively foraging in shallow waters, or at adjacent loafing sites, where they are tolerant of human observation at a respectful distance.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    An American white pelican soars through the air joining a group floating on driftwood in the Feather River north of Worth Road off Garden Highway on Sunday. One of North America’s largest birds, the American white pelican is distinctive for its 9-foot wingspan, conspicuous white body, and the improbable proportions of its large bill and pouch.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    An American white pelican soars through the air above the Feather River north of Worth Road off Garden Highway north of Sacramento.

Photo gallery: A fancy flight on the feather

Published: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 - 10:38 pm

An American white pelican is reflected, above, in the Feather River north of Worth Road, off Garden Highway north of Sacramento, on Sunday.

According to the National Audubon Society website, at birds.audubon.org, the American white pelican is among North America’s largest birds, with a 9-foot wingspan and distinctive black wingtips and trailing edges on the wings.

Despite their size, pelicans are known as graceful fliers and often fly in flocks.

Pelicans use their large bills and pouches to catch fish, and they often cooperate as they forage for food.

At lower right, one comes in for a landing to join a group gathered on a log.

Local residents say the pelicans congregate in this location most of the summer.

View a photo gallery of the American white pelicans.



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