Best time to travel to Florida

White Pelicans

When these professional hunters head to Florida from the northern states, local fish should stay alert

White Pelicans
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Ken & Nyetta

When the first frosts come to Canada and the USA, life becomes too hard for white pelicans that generally feed in lakes. The water starts freezing already in early autumn, forcing the birds to head south. A large group of pelicans counting nearly 1,500 birds summons on the lakes of Florida in October. The area is also known for being the year-round home to brown pelicans.

Brown pelicans
Brown pelicans
Brown pelicans
Brown pelicans

The white species differs from their brown cousin not only with their migration habits, but also amusing hunting rituals. When brown pelicans dive for fish, the white ones form semicircles on the water surface and drive the fish closer to the banks where they can finally catch it in the shallow water. Their funny pouches work quite well as fishnets. White pelicans stay in Florida until March, and in April the melting northern lakes welcome the birds back home.

White Pelicans in Everglades National Wildlife Refuge
White Pelicans in Everglades National Wildlife Refuge
Things to do in Florida : White Pelicans

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