A new gallery of Brown Pelican images

Brown Pelican on a Cabo beach - © Christopher Martin-

I really like Brown Pelicans (their scientific name is Pelecanus occidentalis).  They can be acrobatic in flight but generally look very cool while gliding in the sky or low over waves.  They are inquisitive, excellent hunters and socially engaging.  They are also active early in the morning and late in the evening which allows for some great lighting opportunities when photographing them.

I have put together a gallery of a few of my favourite Brown Pelican images here (or click the image above).  In the gallery, please click on any picture to see a full size image.  Most of these images are from Los Cabos in Mexico with a couple of flight pictures from Laguna Beach, California.

15 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful, you are so talent !, keep showing us the beauty of life GBY

    November 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

  2. Thank you for taking photos I wish I could take!

    November 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

  3. Reminds me of Finding Nemo 🙂

    November 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm

  4. wow I never knew that awesome creature it is amazing how you get so close to the creatures thanks avril😃

    November 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  5. I absolutely love pelicans. Have never seen brown ones here in Australia, only the white ones. Simply stunning!

    November 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    • Thank you Miriam. I used to live in Nelson Bay and in Bourke but I missed the pelicans!

      November 13, 2015 at 11:52 am

  6. What a wonderful series. Those pelicans look amazing in the coloured skies.

    November 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

    • Thank you Lyle. Your kind words but a smile on my face! Happy photographing to you!

      November 13, 2015 at 11:53 am

  7. Fantastic photos

    November 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

  8. I adore brown pelicans too! Very hard to photograph. These pictures are stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    November 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

  9. franciscocamacho2016

    Beautiful photo..!! Is it a beautiful pelican….!!! Great shot..!!!

    November 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

  10. These are gorgeous. I always look forward to your bird posts!

    November 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

  11. Beautiful shot…

    November 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

  12. love pelicans. great pics. my dad had a saying ‘nobody can like a pel-i-can, his beak holds more than his bel-ly-can’

    November 12, 2015 at 6:07 am

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