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Brown pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


Pre breeding plumage. The head has turned to a creamy yellow.


Spotted on the Gulf coast near the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination. Thank you Neil for your kind words.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

I don't think I've seen anything other than a white pelican, let alone a brown one. They're handsome birds. Great spotting, Brian.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Jan 27, 2019
Submitted on Jun 15, 2019

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