24 August 2022


When I was growing up on the N.C. coast in the 1950s and '60s, there were no pelicans to see there.
The pesticide called DDT was the reason. After DDT was banned in the U.S. in the early 1970s,
pelicans made a comeback, as did bald eagles and peregrine falcons, among other birds.

Two pelicans and a crane

A pelican close up

Pelicans on a wall, grooming

Pelicans with Cape Lookout lighthouse in the background


  1. I don't think I've ever seen a pelican in person. I'm glad they've made a come back!

  2. “Two pelicans and a crane.” That was a Dad joke, Ken! haha
    Did you have white pelicans in NC? I don’t think I’ve seen them there but I’ve seen them a few times when I lived on a lake near Clearwater, Florida.

  3. Thanks for the joke early in my morning, Ken! Love seeing these beautiful pelicans.

  4. Mary in Oregon24 August, 2022 18:40

    Pelicans must have returned because of the good fishing there! I've never seen a pelican in person, either! We have many herons here.

  5. We have pelicans at the beaches in Southern California. Good divers they are.


  6. “A wonderful bird is the pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week,
    But I'm damned if I know
    How the hellican."

    I've always heard this attribued to Ogden Nash, but Google gives an earlier reference.

  7. That first photo with the crane in the background and the two pelicans is fantastic!


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