Senegal: Djoudj NP – Great White Pelicans

Djoudj has massive numbers of great white pelicans – on the water, on the land, in the sky. Great White Pelican aka Eastern White Pelican is different from the smaller American one. In fact – this one has the second largest wingspan of all birds after albatrosses – 8-12 feet! I always thought of pelicans as clumsy big fat birds, but they are magnificent in the sky and in the water (let’s hope I am not turning into a birder). Interestingly, baby pelicans are almost entirely black/grey while adults are snow-white. Parents fish together in groups and then come back to the massive rookery to feed the kids.