I got behind on a lot of things during the past couple of months. Here are two sets of sketches I did when we had white pelicans using a small reservoir about twenty miles from where I live. Watching white pelican fish is fascinating. They can hold nearly three gallons (about 10 liters) of water in their gular pouch. Pelican swim in a group, chasing fish to each other or corralling them near the shoreline. A pelican repeatedly dips its long bill into the water, filling its pouch with water in the process. Up comes the big bowl full of water which the pelican strains out as it raises its head. If a fish is inside, it tips its bill up to swallow.
For more about my pelican experience, go to www.elvafieldnotes.blogspot.com