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Brown pelican in flight.  The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status.  In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla Add To Light Table Bald eagle, closeup of head and shoulders showing distinctive white head feathers, yellow beak and brown body and wings, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Add To Light Table Bald eagle makes a splash while in flight as it takes a fish out of the water, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Add To Light Table
Brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage.
Image ID: 15122  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Bald eagle, closeup of head and shoulders showing distinctive white head feathers, yellow beak and brown body and wings.
Image ID: 22582  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA
 
Bald eagle makes a splash while in flight as it takes a fish out of the water.
Image ID: 22584  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA
 
Brown booby flying over Rose Atoll at sunset, with dark colorful storm clouds and other birds in the background, Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Add To Light Table A white tern, or fairy tern, alights on a branch at Rose Atoll in American Samoa, Gygis alba, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Add To Light Table California Brown Pelican head throw, stretching its throat to keep it flexible and healthy. Note the winter mating plumage, olive and red throat, yellow head, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table
Brown booby flying over Rose Atoll at sunset, with dark colorful storm clouds and other birds in the background.
Image ID: 00914  
Species: Brown booby, Sula leucogaster
Location: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary, American Samoa, USA
 
A white tern, or fairy tern, alights on a branch at Rose Atoll in American Samoa.
Image ID: 00871  
Species: Fairy tern, Gygis alba
Location: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary, American Samoa, USA
 
California Brown Pelican head throw, stretching its throat to keep it flexible and healthy. Note the winter mating plumage, olive and red throat, yellow head.
Image ID: 30336  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Add To Light Table Galapagos penguin, underwater, swimming.  Bartolome Island, Spheniscus mendiculus Add To Light Table Northern cardinal, male, Cardinalis cardinalis, Amado, Arizona Add To Light Table
Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles.
Image ID: 22588  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA
 
Galapagos penguin, underwater, swimming. Bartolome Island.
Image ID: 16234  
Species: Galapagos penguin, Spheniscus mendiculus
Location: Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Northern cardinal, male.
Image ID: 22891  
Species: Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA
 
Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females, Fregata magnificens, North Seymour Island Add To Light Table Sandhill crane spreads its broad wings as it takes flight in early morning light.  This crane is one of over 5000 present in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, stopping here during its winter migration, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico Add To Light Table California Pelican flying on a wave, riding the updraft from the wave, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus Add To Light Table
Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females.
Image ID: 16725  
Species: Magnificent frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
Location: North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Sandhill crane spreads its broad wings as it takes flight in early morning light. This crane is one of over 5000 present in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, stopping here during its winter migration.
Image ID: 21797  
Species: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA
 
California Pelican flying on a wave, riding the updraft from the wave.
Image ID: 30257  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
 
Brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla Add To Light Table Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage.
Image ID: 28959  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf.
Image ID: 30199  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry.
Image ID: 30326  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table Magnificent frigatebird, adult female on nest, Fregata magnificens, North Seymour Island Add To Light Table Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf.
Image ID: 30187  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Magnificent frigatebird, adult female on nest.
Image ID: 16726  
Species: Magnificent frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
Location: North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Brown pelican flying over waves and the surf.
Image ID: 30193  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican in flight.  The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status.  In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla Add To Light Table Nazca booby in flight, Sula granti, Wolf Island Add To Light Table Snow geese at dawn.  Snow geese often "blast off" just before or after dawn, leaving the ponds where they rest for the night to forage elsewhere during the day, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Add To Light Table
Brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage.
Image ID: 15371  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Nazca booby in flight.
Image ID: 16681  
Species: Nazca booby, Sula granti
Location: Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Snow geese at dawn. Snow geese often "blast off" just before or after dawn, leaving the ponds where they rest for the night to forage elsewhere during the day.
Image ID: 21806  
Species: Snow goose, Chen caerulescens
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA
 
Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Add To Light Table Brown pelican in flight, spreading wings wide to slow in anticipation of landing on seacliffs, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter plumage with distinctive yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond.
Image ID: 21798  
Species: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA
 
Brown pelican in flight, spreading wings wide to slow in anticipation of landing on seacliffs.
Image ID: 30254  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter plumage with distinctive yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch.
Image ID: 30255  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Brandt's cormorant cormorant in flight, Phalacrocorax penicillatus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Royal tern in flight, winter adult phase, Sterna maxima, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry.
Image ID: 30289  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brandt's cormorant cormorant in flight.
Image ID: 30306  
Species: Brandt's cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Royal tern in flight, winter adult phase.
Image ID: 30307  
Species: Royal tern, Sterna maxima
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Willet, Catoptrophurus semipalmatus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Unidentified sea bird, Actitis macularius, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Juvenile bald eagle, second year coloration plumage, closeup of head and shoulders, looking directly at camera, snowflakes visible on feathers.    Immature coloration showing white speckling on feathers, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Add To Light Table
Willet.
Image ID: 30308  
Species: Willet, Catoptrophurus semipalmatus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Unidentified sea bird.
Image ID: 30318  
Species: Spotted sandpiper, Actitis macularius
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Juvenile bald eagle, second year coloration plumage, closeup of head and shoulders, looking directly at camera, snowflakes visible on feathers. Immature coloration showing white speckling on feathers.
Image ID: 22589  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA
 


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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Actitis macularius
Agelaius phoeniceus
Aix sponsa
Aquila chrysaetos
Ardea alba
Ardea herodias
Athene cunicularia
Athene cunicularia hypugaea
Baeolophus wollweberi
Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Cardinalis cardinalis
Cardinalis sinuatus
Carpodacus mexicanus
Catoptrophurus semipalmatus
Chen caerulescens
Fratercula arctica
Fregata magnificens
Geococcyx californianus
Grus canadensis
Gygis alba
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Icterus bullockii
Icterus cucullatus
Larus delawarensis
Larus heermanni
Larus occidentalis
Melanerpes formicivorus
Melanerpes uropygialis
Meleagris gallopavo
Molothrus ater
Passer domesticus
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Pelecanus occidentalis
Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Phaethon rubricauda
Phalacrocorax auritus
Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Phalacrocorax sp.
Pheucticus melanocephalus
Phoenicopterus ruber
Pipilo fuscus
Spheniscus mendiculus
Sterna maxima
Sula granti
Sula leucogaster
Sula nebouxii
Toxostoma curvirostre

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