This California brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) is rising off the ocean to land on nearby sea cliffs after a morning foraging for food, primarily small fish that it takes by diving.
Brown pelican with wings spread during flight. The large wings of an adult brown pelican can reach over 7 feet from end to end.
Image ID: 19926
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA