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Brown Pelicans; Click for White Pelicans

The following photos show an unusual bonanza for the ocean birds at the Pacific coast. The high waves were full of fish. It was amazing to watch it.

The Brandt's cormorants are divers and were therefore avoiding the crowds of gulls around the pelicans. The Elegant terns did the same.

 

There were brown pelicans, cormorants, various gulls (juveniles & adults), terns

Elegant terns

with fish 

Adult brown pelican

Brown pelican, juvenile

Western juvenile gulls & pelican

 

sub-adult Heermann gulls & pelican

 

Brown pelicans jumping together

 

Brown pelicans

 

Gulls are not designed to dive. They float like a cork on the water. So they flock to the brown pelicans when they let go of the water in their gular pouch.

 

Eventually some fish may escape with the water. That is how the gulls may get a free meal from brown pelicans.

 

Brown pelican and gulls

 

  Brown pelican diving  

Brown pelican hitting the water  from high up in the air

 

Brown pelicans and various gulls

 

Brown pelican

 

The young brown pelican juveniles are dark brown

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican with fish in the beak

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelicans, adult & juvenile

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

 

The pelican wingspan is 7 feet.

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelican and  young Heermann gulls which are dark brown

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelicans and other birds

Brown Pelican and Heermann's Gulls resting together

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican searching for fish

 

Brown pelican putting on the brakes

 

Brown pelican taking a dive

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

Brown Pelican bathing

Brown Pelican bathing

Brown Pelican

   

Brown pelican, juvenile

Brown juvenile pelican

Brown pelicans

 

Brown pelican, juvenile

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican

Brown pelicans throw themselves from the bridge when they spot a fish while the the cars behind them are passing by.

 

   

Brown pelican

 

Brown pelican, nonbreeding

 

Brown pelican, nonbreeding

 
 

 

       
         
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Copyright 1999 by Fritz Wilhelm, Zero & One,
Last modified: July 22, 2012