Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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