Yankee Freedom II Naturalist
On Friday November 30, 2007, the Yankee Freedom II arrived at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park, and was greeted by twelve White Pelicans soaring over the Fort. What a sight! White Pelicans winter in South Florida, mostly around Flamingo and the Ten Thousand Islands (all part of Everglades National Park ) in Florida Bay. Unlike Brown Pelicans, which are enjoyed daily by our park visitors, who plunge dive from the air into the sea for their food (fish), White Pelicans swim and dive (from the surface) often in large groups herding fish and collecting fish in their large pouch and bill. The group of twelve White Pelicans remained at the Fort through Saturday, and on Sunday only one White Pelican remained. This lone Pelican was harassed by Magnificent Frigatebirds while soaring over Ft. Jefferson.