Alan Koch’s Brown Pelican

For several years now an amateur radio acquaintance, Alan Koch, has been sending me the occasional wildlife or outdoors photo. His photography is always great and worth a few moments of contemplation. The current photo is of a brown pelican, a bird I’ve spent many an hour watching while sitting on or near a body of salt water with a fishing pole in my hand. Watching a flock of pelicans gracefully skim the surface of the water or make their characteristic plunge into the water in chase of food, is a sight that doesn’t get old. Thanks Alan.

The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelicans with a wingspan of 6-8 feet. It has a habit of making a spectacular dive for fish from the air.

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