His bill can hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak,
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican
That limerick by Dixon Merritt may be one of the reasons people tend to regard Pelicans as slightly comica;l a bit like penguins. Like penguins, pelicans can look a bit ungainly and comical on land, weighted forward by that huge bill and perched on their big feet. But like penguins, pelicans didn't evolve to look slick on land they evolved to be slick in water. If you ever have chance to watch pelicans flying along a beach on those big winds and then divebombing a school of fish then you'll definitely see them in a different light. Doing what they have evolved to do pelicans look amazingly graceful.
These are shots of the Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, and if they look a bit grainy its because they were taken using my older camera and a bit of digital zoom. The birds had cottoned onto the fact that sport fisherman cleaned their fish at this dock and that people like watching them eat stuff so were begging for scraps.