Birds of a Feather – Pelicans & Me

  • Fossils of pelicans date back almost 40 million years ago.  My body is already fossilized . . . can’t imagine what I’ll look like in 40 million years . . .
  • Pelican pouches can hold up to three gallons of water (2 – 3 times the amount their stomachs can hold). My stomach can hold up to 1/2 gallon of ice cream at one time ( 2 – 3 times the amount my mouth can hold)
  • Depending on the species, a pelican’s the body length can range from 4 to 6 feet and the weight can range from 10 to 30 pounds. I only wished my height and weight were in similar proportions.
  • The brown pelican dives on fish from above and snares them in its bill.  I don’t have a bill – have to use my fingers to eat fish.
  • Gulls will often sit on a pelican’s head to steal its fish when it opens its bill to pour out the water.  What can I say?  No one steals my food and lives to tell about it.
  • Pelicans are social birds and typically travel in flocks, often strung out in a line. I am a social creature too but I will never admit to being strung out.
  • Pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front toes to the hind toe, standing on the eggs to warm them.  There are easier ways to boil an egg . . .
Non-dominant, fish hand drawing
Non-dominant, fish hand drawing