The American white pelican is one of the largest birds in North America. The shorebird is a graceful flier, either singly, in flight formations, or soaring on thermals in flocks. They are skilled swimmers, but they do not plunge-dive for prey like the brown pelican. Instead they make shallow dives from the surface of the water or just plunge their heads underwater.
Photo: American white pelicans over the Refuge/Bennette Jenkins