California Brown Pelican

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  1. porkphoto

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    This was taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine California.
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    It is a colourful looking bird compared to the pelicans we get down in Tasmania.
    The ones down here are a lighter grey in the body and a pale pink on the bill and bill pouch
     
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    It could be the season, it was at or near the mating season here when this picture was taken.
     
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    I think the Pelicans down here are a different subspecies.
     
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    They do not turn a brilliant color during their mating season? Hmmm.
     
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    Attached is a photo of the ones that are down here in Tasmania
     

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    Thanks for posting the pics...that's very interesting, they look like our White Pelicans. Here's what they look like.
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    I have done a bit of research on the internet and there is 7 species world wide. The ones down here are called the Australian Pelican (Peleconus Conspicillatus)
     

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