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Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


A large sea bird with striking brown, white and black plumage. A huge bill with a pouch in the bottom jaw.




This bird hunts by flying above the water (about 20 ft) beyond the surf, then diving into the water when it sees a school of fish. The pouch expands and traps the fish, then the water drains out of the pouch when the pelican surfaces. This one was not afraid of people, and only moved a little when someone tried to pet it. I think it has been fed before..

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Steven Sheppard
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Steven Sheppard

L.A., California, USA

Spotted on Mar 2, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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