Pelican are a surprising bird to watch. They can be graceful and awkward at the same time. They're oddly proportioned and have a large bill as if the Cyrano De Bird-gerac. Cyrano once said (with some alteration) " A large beak is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal pelican." Some also call them Gooney, Boobies, or Dodo bird - even Loony. They're not. On the other side, in flight, they are a gracefil swan, a flying sailboat, and a military, sleek, prehistoric updated attack machine.
From BIRDS FISH & OTHERS