Photographer's Note

Always from my boat, I saw many pelicans like this one but here was the closest.

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Range and Habitat
Sandy beaches, lagoons
Resident on Pacific coast from southern California to Chile
Resident of Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Venezuela
After breeding season, north as far as British Columbia

Physical Characteristics
Sexes similar
Huge, dark bird
Long bill with a pouch, dark on Atlantic/Gulf coasts; bill paler along Pacific coast, becomes yellow during breeding season
Flies with neck tucked
Plunges from great heights into water to catch fish
Adult alternate
White foreneck and head with yellow crown
Chestnut neck and nape
Gray-brown body plumage with slightly darker flight feathers
Adult basic
Yellowish crown
White head and neck
Gray-brown body plumage with slightly darker flight feathers
Dark brown overall, gradually acquiring adult plumage over three years


Nesting Habits
Broods: 1
Eggs: 2-4
Incubation: 28-30 days
Fledge: 71-88 days

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