Photo: The subtle sweet beauty of brown pelicans

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We usually see pelicans as they're dive-bombing for fish along the shore, so what a treat to see these beautiful brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) from such a unique perspective. Their coloring is subtle but so lovely! Photographer Sam McMillan writes:

The brown pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelican. This bird is readily distinguished from the American white pelican by its non-white plumage, smaller size and its habit of diving for fish from the air, as opposed to co-operative fishing from the surface.

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