Brown Pelican Double-decker

Brown Pelican Double-deckerBrown Pelican Double-decker – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

It’s Monday and I didn’t have any idea what to post this morning so I opted to present this image of two Brown Pelicans flying double-decker style over the Gulf of Mexico. The day I created this image the light was variable because there was a storming brewing off the coast and there were tons of birds in the area due to bait fish running just off shore. The gulls, terns, waders and pelicans were having a feast. Brown Pelicans plunge dive to get their prey and these two adults were flying along looking for a place to plunge into the school of baitfish.


These images were taken in January of 2009

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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. Great choice! I love pelicans!

  2. They look so close it’s a wonder their wings don’t interfere with each other!

  3. Beautiful image. Thank you :)

  4. Amazing birds … going to the ocean and watching them glide by is one of my favorite things to do!!! Great, great capture!!!! Thanks for giving me a taste of the fun!!!

  5. Double decker, great Pelicans, love ‘em.

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