Brown Pelican Spotted In Gibbets Island Area

February 22, 2013

pelican picThe Department of Conservation said that the Brown Pelican — pictured to the left — has been seen for the last two days in the bay at Gibbets Island in Smiths.

According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service [PDF], “Brown pelicans have extremely keen eyesight. As they fly over the ocean,sometimes at heights of 60 to 70 feet, they can spot a school of small fish or even a single fish.

“Diving steeply into the water, they may submerge completely or only partly – depending on the height of the dive—and come up with a mouthful of fish.”

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