There are eight pelican species in the world and in Santa Cruz we have two: the American White and Brown Pelican. There's something about the pelican. Large bird that is kind of homely and goofy but one of the most graceful birds in flight and when diving for food. The Brown Pelican is mainly an ocean bird where the American White is usually found on fresh water. I came across a large flock of Brown Pelicans resting on the beach at the Parjaro River mouth with a fair number of gulls. With the long 630 focal length from the 1.5x from the D7200 crop sensor and using a 1.4x teleconverter, I was far enough away from the birds that they felt comfortable enough for me to capture them resting; although, they were keeping an eye on them.
These American White Pelicans were swimming through algae that grows in the summer in the warmer water in the ponds and sloughs in the SF and Monterey Bay areas. It is fairly easy to capture these large birds since they have very few predators to worry about.
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