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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