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Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


The Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.


Gulf waters around Dauphin Island.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA

Spotted on May 17, 2014
Submitted on May 29, 2014

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