National Geographic : 1909 May
0 O BROWN PELICANS ON PELICAN ISLAND, FLORIDA With a wing-speaed p of between even and eight feet, a pelican is an impressive bird, evenat adistance; butwhen dozens ofthe broad-pinioned birds swept by me within arm's length I realized that, given the excitable, courageous nature ofterns and gulls, thepeli cans might dispense with the services of a warden. It is true, a bird which had placed its nest onastump sixfeet from myshelter snapped its bill loudly at me when I peered at her through a slit in my blind. The young defend themselvesin asimilar manner until their wings will bear them, when, like their seniors, they show their faith in the valorous discretion of flight." -FRaNK M.CHAPMAN.