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Pelicans There are as many as 200 species of birds in the park, including a number of large and very beautiful ones. One of the most distinctive birds found in the park is the American white pelican.
These pelicans have an enormous orange bill which are often used to carry the fish they find.
Groups of these birds may often seen together in lakes and streams.
More pelicans are shown below.
As awkward as they look, the pelican is a graceful figure as it moves across the water.
Some additional birds are gathered in shallow water.
Great Blue Heron Also found in the park is the Great Blue Heron.The heron may stand up to 4 feet in height.
The Great Blue Heron builds a nest of sticks usually located near rivers or lakes.
The heron is a colony nester, and several nests may be found in a single tree. Quite often the Blue Heron builds its nest in cottonwood trees.
Other Birds Species of ducks can also be found in the park.
Canada geese are also plentiful in the park. While some migrate with the seasons, a few can be found year around within the confines of the park.
Of course, the king of birds in the United States is the Bald Eagle. It is, of course, the national bird of the USA. A distant view of one of these grand birds is shown in the photograph below. These birds are rather scarce in the United States but can be found in several national parks, including Grand Teton.
The bald eagle usually nest in trees near the river; the one below is shown in a tree near Oxbow Bend. The nests, which may be 1 foot deep and 7 to 8 feet across, may be used year after year. They feed on carrion, ducks, and fish, and do not mature until they are 4 or 5 years old. Golden eagles, not pictured here, may also be found in the park.
Information about Grand Teton National Park has been drawn from personal experience, data available in the park itself, and a number of other sources, including:
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