Like many of Sanibel's residents, White Pelicans are actually snowbirds to the area.
They are arguably the longest bird native to North America, in close competition with the trumpeter swan.
And speaking of competition, it places second in North American bird wingspan, after the Californian Condor, with an average wing span of 95-120".
Although they only weigh between 11-20 pounds, they stand nearly 4 feet tall when fully mature. Apart from a difference in size, males and females look exactly alike.
Like true party animals, American white pelicans prefer to come together as a group to eat. Contrary to the brown pelicans, white pelicans don't dive for food - instead grabbing a bite while they swim. (Don't tell the lifeguards!)