Daily Archives: March 4, 2018

Pelican Pose

Brown Pelican in breeding plumage, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

The Brown Pelicans are in breeding plumage at La Jolla Cove (La Jolla, California) in late February when I visit for the San Diego Birding Festival. I was with Robert Wilson on the day I photographed this specimen. He is from Florida and he commented that he never sees Brown Pelicans with this much color. That inspired a bit of research this morning and, indeed, the Eastern and Western sub-species of Brown Pelican do have quite different breeding plumage, with the western birds being considerably brighter and more colorful than the eastern. I have never seen, that I remember, a breeding plumage eastern Brown…or maybe I just assumed that the birds I saw were not in full breeding plumage since they were so much duller than the ones I see in San Diego every February. Sony RX10iv at 495mm. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f7.1 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.