Open Wide

By February 4, 2009March 11th, 2021Pelicans

When I first viewed the shots from the day this was taken, I nearly tossed this one. “Sick and ugly” I thought. However, Skip said he thought it was the best shot of that day. I still think it is rather hard on the eyes, but I’ll hold on to it for it’s humor and/or behavioral potential.

When I look at this shot I am reminded of my dentist saying “open wide.” Fortunately — for you — I will not be presenting the obvious followup photo to this one, i.e., the one reminiscent of my doctor asking me to “cough.”

California brown pelican opening its large beak, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla

California brown pelican opening its large beak.
Image ID: 22270
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!