Juvenile Brown Pelican in flight

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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 in flight 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.



  1. eric c11 October 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

    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. Tammy Karr October 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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

  3. jo smith October 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    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. Elephant's Child October 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Wow. Love the sculptural impression this image leaves.

  5. Wally October 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Mia, splendid image of one of our favorite residents!

  6. Bryce Robinson October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

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

  7. Montanagirl October 21, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful shot, Mia. I like the shadow too!

  8. patty chadwick October 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Wonderful! Love the shadow.

  9. judy watson October 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

    So beautiful!

  10. Bob Bushell October 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful flying image Mia.

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