Photo of the Day: Louisiana Brown Pelican in Flight

Louisiana brown pelican in flight, north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Louisiana brown pelican in flight, north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

You have to admit: Louisiana does have the absolute coolest state bird. I mean, just look at this guy! Prehistoric, serene, that confident jaw jutting forward, always on top of his game….the Louisiana brown pelican: what’s not to love?

I was out shooting along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain recently when I was surprised to run into some of these big, beautiful birds. They are fairly common in this area but typically shy away from people, preferring to stay further out and away from areas with lots of human activity. I think the fog might have made them feel a bit more secure on this day, because they didn’t start when I got close enough to photograph. This one was part of a group of about a half a dozen, fishing from the pilings along the breakwater in Mandeville, La.

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3 Comments on "Photo of the Day: Louisiana Brown Pelican in Flight"

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  1. I was thinking the very same thing when driving across the Causeway last weekend. It is pretty cool to watch them dive into the water when they are hunting for dinner. They seem so much more interesting than the White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). You may also like this article from Dr. Bob Thomas at Loyola University on Gliding Pelican http://goo.gl/YxGn6

  2. Thanks Christopher. Bob Thomas is a great guy, I’ll check it out.

  3. Dan Voss says:

    Nice shot of flight!

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