The Great White Pelican, also called Eastern White Pelican, has the largest wingspan of any pelican species at over 10 feet and has black edges to its wings.
It is native to eastern Europe, Mediterranean (Eur/Africa), Near East and India. Although heavy birds, pelicans fly well and can stay in the air for 24 hours when migrating.
"A wonderful bird is the pelican, its beak can hold more than its belly can" (anon.)
The flexible pouch is used for catching and swallowing fish.
A Great White compares its fully open pouch to that of a Spot-billed.
In flight, their black-edged wings distinguish them from the Dalmation Pelicans which overlap the same range. Sometimes flocks are mixed.
Great White Pelican with Cormorants