Brown pelicans ( Pelecanus occidentalis ) flying in sea fog in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula, Mexico.
If the magnificent frigate birds enchanted and hypnotised me then the brown pelicans amused and entertained me with their comical appearance and behaviour, although like the frigate birds they were also very impressive at times. This ubiquitous seabird inhabits the entire coastline of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez, and is often seen flying in long elegant formations, with their wingtips just touching the cresting waves. One of the most impressive sights on the entire trip was being in the water when they were plummeting from the sky to catch fish. It is the only pelican species to dive from the air into the water to catch prey with its specialised beaked pouch; other pelicans use an on-the-water group strategy to trap fish when feeding.
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- Duncan Murrell
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- Kayaking the Sea of Cortez, Mexico