Juvenile Brown Pelican in flight

Juvenile Brown Pelican in flightJuvenile Brown Pelican in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 280mm, natural light

After posting an image of a American White Pelican lifting off two days ago I thought I should post an photo of a Brown Pelican today for comparison. This is a juvenile Brown Pelican that I photographed in Florida as it flew over the Gulf of Mexico hunting. The sun was a bit higher than I like it to be for my photographs when I created this mage but I did like the way the shadow of the pelican’s bill and head shows on the pelican’s right wing.

Brown Pelicans are smaller than their cousins the American White Pelican and they dive from the sky to capture prey whereas American White Pelicans do not.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. nice fligth position for this pelican,
    personnaly i prefer the juveniles,
    there more details on the feathers with this brown color
    have a nice day mia ☼

  2. Incredible capture, Mia! Such a crisp shot with beautiful colors!!

  3. So glad they recovered from DDT. Watched them as a child and then they were so scarce we seldom saw them, Now when I visit the TX coast they are common.

  4. Wow. Love the sculptural impression this image leaves.

  5. Mia, splendid image of one of our favorite residents!

  6. I can’t get over how sharp this image is. Wow.

  7. Beautiful shot, Mia. I like the shadow too!

  8. Wonderful! Love the shadow.

  9. Beautiful flying image Mia.

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