Yesterday I posted a photo I took in reference to an American White Pelican swimming in the Arkansas River at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam in Oklahoma. Today's photo is of an American White Pelican flying low over the river in the same area. I am photographing the Pelicans while sitting on the rocks below the dam on the south side, below the parking area.
All About Birds website states that The American White Pelican are superb soarers (they are among the heaviest flying birds in the world) and often travel long distances in large flocks by soaring. When flapping, their wingbeats are slow and methodical.
The species also has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor. This large wingspan allows the bird to easily use soaring flight for migration. Body weight can range between 7.7 and 30 lb, although typically these birds average between 11 and 20 lb. (Source: Wikipedia)
American White Pelican In FlightArkansas River - Kerr Dam - Oklahoma