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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(1 of 15) (60736 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 9 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:32:36 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A flock of pelicans flying in typical formation with Anacapa island in the background.


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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
(2 of 15) (53479 views)

(2007) Delta waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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Yesterday I thought these birds might be Australian Pelicans internal link but with further research I found they are American White Pelicans external link in non-breeding plumage.

I'm glad that's settled.


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American White Pelican
(3 of 15) (55498 views)

(2008) Lake Merritt, Oakland, California
Photo Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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There was this one lone white pelican at the nature centerexternal link that day. It was probably an injured bird being nursed back to health, or it just knew a good hand-out when it saw one.
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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(4 of 15) (34596 views)

Quepos, Costa Rica
(Photo posted Sunday, 8 February 2009)
(Photo taken 09:35:20 Wednesday 17 September, 2008)
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As the boat approached the little cove where we going to snorkle, a brown pelican external link in juvenile plumage greeted us with wary boredom.
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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(5 of 15) (61074 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 20 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:23:01 Sunday 9 November, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun. external link


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(6 of 15) (61476 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 21 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. external link

If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, its the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(7 of 15) (61448 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 21 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday, internal link


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(8 of 15) (61230 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Saturday 27 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:55:17 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill. external link


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(9 of 15) (60865 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 22 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:54:28 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage. external link


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(10 of 15) (60813 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 22 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:49:27 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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A large group of pelicans were perched on the fish processing equipment.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(11 of 15) (60722 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 2 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 011:25:24 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(12 of 15) (60895 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Thursday 10 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(13 of 15) (60682 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Saturday 12 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:40 Wednesday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.


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White Pelicans
(14 of 15) (54738 views)

(2007) Delta waters near Oakley, California
Photo Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007
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Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight.

These appear to be Australian Pelicans external link because of the pink bills. Or do American White Pelicans have pink bills in the winter? Further research needed.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(15 of 15) (60918 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Saturday 13 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:27 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.


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