Surprise Visitors


This past week, we were treated by the arrival of a flock of White Pelicans visiting our Little Estero Wildlife Area. They are rare to our area and were here on two consecutive days. The first day, there were eight and on the second day there were about two dozen, so they must also use the Coconut Telegraph like our Islanders to spread the word. White Pelicans are the second largest flying bird in North America with a length of 62” and a wingspan of 108”! Their feeding technique is well orchestrated by lining up like a football teams’ offensive line and then they advance forward and dive together for food.  Great group cooperation and coordination, there may be a lesson in there somewhere for us.

Ken Platt

Fort Myers Beach