Two brown pelicans perched on a manatee zone 'slow speed' sign where the Tomoka River flows into the Tomoka Basin to join the Intracoastal Waterway along the east coast of Florida.
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Brown pelicans are large dark birds found mostly near the coast throughout Florida. The range extends through the Gulf coastal states and up the eastern coast into the mid-Atlantic states in summer. They are also found in southern California and the Baja region of Mexico plus Central America and the Pacific coast of South America from Ecuador to Chile. Brown pelicans are the only dark pelican and also the only pelican that feeds by plunging into the water to catch fish. They have a large heavy mostly gray body with a very short tail, short legs and webbed feet. The long heavy beak has a pouch underneath. Adult non-breeding birds have a white head and neck, breeding adults have rich dark brown nape and neck. Atlantic & Gulf birds have a dark gray to brown pouch year round.
December 22nd, 2020
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