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Pelicans on Okanagan Lake woke up just in time for their photo shoot

Annemarie de Jong spotted these Pelicans out of her kitchen window in Peachland this morning.
Image Credit: Annemarie de Jong
April 22, 2019 - 2:19 PM

KELOWNA - If it wasn’t for hearing rumours, Annemarie de Jong likely wouldn’t have captured these great photos of what she thinks is a family of American White Pelicans.

She was in the kitchen of her Peachland home about 10 this morning, April 22, when she spotted the white birds out on Okanagan Lake.

“I saw a few white dots while we were having breakfast in the house,” she told iNFOnews.ca. “I wasn’t sure, so I grabbed my camera but they were really far away so I had to zoom in and I said 'they look like Pelicans.' And I had heard from someone yesterday they had seen pelicans so we went to the beach to see if they were correct and they were correct.”

They had been dozing off before this one showed its massive wing spread.
They had been dozing off before this one showed its massive wing spread.
Image Credit: Annemarie de Jong

She sat on the dock near Todd’s RV and Camping to steady her 300 mm Nikon lens to capture these images.

She thinks they’re American White Pelicans only because someone had posted that on Facebook.

According to a B.C. government web site, there is only one nesting colony of American White Pelicans in B.C. and that’s on Stum Lake in White Pelican Provincial Park about 70 km west of Williams Lake.

The Birding in British Columbia web site has reports of 20 American White Pelicans flying north over Penticton on April 2 and 21 birds over Osoyoos Lake on April 13.

They rival the Trumpeter Swam as the largest bird in North America.

These ones seemed very quiet this morning.

“They were kind of dozing off a little bit,” de Jong said. “So, I was happy that they did move and I was able to see his wings.”


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