Brown Pelican Aloft

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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, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California

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