The Brown Pelican

There were lots of one of my favorite birds, the pelican, today at Ventura Beach, California. Ventura is just northwest of Los Angeles and is famous for its surfing beaches. There were many v-formations of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentals) flying over the beach and about 50 meters out in the water, just over the water. They were flying north west towards the pier.

The brown pelican’s main stronghold is the Caribbean, where I lived for 5 years in the 1990s, and I saw them many times. They are also found north to New York on the Atlantic side and to Canada on the Pacific side. They are found near shore and inland estuaries and feed on small fish and crustaceans and even carrion. Hence, they do well near human habitation and are quite common.

The flying v formations are quite a majestic site. They are a large bird and unmistakable in appearance.


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