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|California Brown Pelican|
Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
State Status: Endangered, 1971; Fully Protected
Federal Status: Endangered, 1970
The California brown pelican is a large, grayish-brown bird with a long, pouched bill. The adult has a white head and dark body, but immature birds are dark with a white belly. The pelicans nest from the Channel Islands of southern California southward along the Baja California coast and in the Gulf of California to coastal southern Mexico. The pelican builds nests of sticks on the ground, typically on islands or offshore rocks.
The only breeding population in United States waters is the Southern California Bight (SCB) population, which consists of breeding birds on the Channel Islands and several islands off Baja California: West Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Island, Isla Coronado Medio, and Isla Coronado Norte. Between breeding seasons, pelicans from other populations join SCB birds in wandering along the west coast of North America as far north as British Columbia.
Info thanks to : http://seasabres.com
Caught these guys just off Redondo Beach on the break water.
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- [2007-01-10 0:37]
nice composition. it might help to sharpen the bird. i'm surprised that they're endangered. i see a lot of them up here in the Monterey area.