Readers’ wildlife photos

October 23, 2020 • 7:45 am

Keep sending in your wildlife photos, please. I have a decent backlog, but it gets depleted at the rate of 7 contributions per week.

Today we have some lovely photos of pelicans taken by reader Bob Fritz, whose captions are indented.

Here are some photos of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) taken in La Jolla, California during breeding season (winter).  The birds cluster in large numbers along the cliffs by the ocean, and can be easily observed while walking along the various pathways.

Following are some “head throw” photos when the birds swing their head back.  I read speculation that this behavior helps stretch the skin of their pouch.

The La Jolla cliffs also provide good angles to catch the birds as they land, or to look down on them from above.

18 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Fabulous photos!

    I’ll tell one thing about pelicans – they do NOT like it when you’re snorkeling and you try to sneak up under them. Hoo-boy, they do not like that.

  2. Good grief, have never seen the pouch from that angle! Makes me wonder if pelicans ever try grab something too big manage and have to spit it out.

  3. Wonderful! Love the pelican bellman Hellican limerick, which always sounds So Ogden Nashy, but isn’t.
    Fantastic photos!

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