American White Pelicans pass through Northwest Florida each year on their annual migration to points further south. Usually, by the time I hear about spottings, they're gone and I've missed them. These photos were taken downstate, on Sanibel Island.
It’s estimated that over 1 million birds die every year from ingesting or becoming entangled in fishing line and hooks. The most common victims are seabirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Fishing line and hooks can also entangle and kill other animals, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales.