This huge California Brown Pelican gathering is on the jetty at the opening to Channel Islands Harbor. The image is from the Island Packers tour boat on our way to the Channel Islands National Park.
The Brown Pelican was becoming extinct in the 1970s due to poisonous toxins, pesticides in the water. The outlawing of poisons like DDT has permitted them to make a remarkable recovery. The Channel Islands serves as their largest nesting site.
The Brown Pelican is the smallest of 8 species of pelican, though still large at 106 - 137 centimeters in length, and a wingspan from 1.8 to 2.5 meters. And with its large bill, it is an excellent diver.
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Gerrit (47886) 2014-08-31 15:36
impressive colony of these beautiful birds and very well presented on their white rocks.
fabbs99 (16167) 2014-08-31 21:26
This is a great collection of pelicans and very adroitly captured from a distance.Great presentation with well saturated colors and a nice composition. Well done.TFS.
emka (78808) 2014-08-31 23:48
What a huge colony of these pelicans. I would like to see the close up of some of them. Very interesting composition.
Have a nice week Malgo
mesutilgim (84216) 2014-09-01 11:52
Nice capture of this pelican collony on the rocks.
TFS and best regards
delpeoples (53009) 2014-09-02 5:45
Wow what a wonderful crazy profusion of pelicans. The rocks and their multitude make such wonderful graphism. The brown pelican is not as pretty as the black and white ones, but they are still very cute. Excellent tight framing, I like the effect of leaving that small amount of water at the bottom of the frame.
ourania (30937) 2014-09-05 5:48
this is a very attractive picture, an interesting scene that has gained intensity from the tight framing. I like very much the play of shapes and textures, exalted by excellent sharpness and depth. There's also a lovely play of light and a limited palette that makes viewing a pleasant exercise for the eyes. A vibrant picture in wonderful light. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,