Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brown Pelican

Erika and I took this photograph in La Jolla, California in March 2012. Among the pelicans, only the Brown makes these dramatic, head-first dives. Upon hitting the sea, their expandable throat pouches fill with water and small fish. Brown Pelicans are the world's only mostly dark pelican (the others being mostly white) (unless you count the Peruvian Pelican and Galapagos pelicans as distinct species). They are also the most marine Pelican, although they wander inland, north to southern British Columbia, New England, and even the northern Great Plains (Shields 2002). I previously posted on this species 28 April 2011.

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