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Red Spotlight by PelicanPete

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Saturday Night Sunset ~ Florida Everglades


The Grand ~ Quarta Sunset 75 by PelicanPete

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Grand Tetons ~ #93 in Explore 8/2/11
Beaver Creek, Wyoming U.S.A.

Handsome Mr. Brown by PelicanPete

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Brown Pelican – in the wild on the shores of Florida Bay
South Florida ~ Tavernier, Florida ~ Florida Keys U.S.A.

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The Brown Pelican is a small pelican found in the Americas. It is one of the best known and most prominent birds found in the coastal areas of the southern and western United States. It is one of only 3 pelican species found in the Western Hemisphere. The Brown Pelican is one of the only two pelican species which feeds by diving into the water, and it is an amazing sight to see!

Through most of its range, the brown pelican is an unmistakable bird. Like all pelicans, this species has a very large bill (11 to 13.7 inches long) with a gular pouch on the bottom for draining water when it scoops out prey. The head is white but often gets a yellowish wash in adult birds. The bill is grayish overall in most birds, though breeding birds become reddish on the underside of the throat. The back, rump, and tail are streaked with gray and dark brown, sometimes with a rusty hue. In adult pelicans, the breast and belly are a blackish-brown and the legs and feet are black. Juveniles have brownish-gray necks & white underparts.

This bird is readily distinguished from the American White Pelican by its non-white plumage, smaller size and its habit of diving for fish from the air, as opposed to co-operative fishing from the surface. The Peruvian Pelican, previously considered a subspecies of Brown Pelican, is now considered to be a separate species. It has very similar plumage to the Brown, but it is noticeably larger. The Brown and Peruvian pelicans may overlap in some areas along the Pacific coast of South America.

Member of the Nature’s Spirit
Good Stewards of Nature

Stormy Skylight by PelicanPete

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Pink Flamingo ~ #78 in Explore 7/18/13
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Scarlet Passion by PelicanPete

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The vibrant Scarlet Passion Flower ~ Miami, Florida

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Flicker of Hope by PelicanPete

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Sunset Saturday Night ~ Florida Everglades
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update: This area is closed right now due to the the Government Shutdown, so for the first time in years I am unable to visit the area that I love, at the time that I love to visit it. This (above) was taken last weekend, a few days before. Such a shame. Life is too short.

follow up: After hearing of a looming Government Shutdown that was “on the cusp” I figured I’d go to my favorite spot one last time last weekend to catch the migrating flocks in the Autumn sunset light with a “flicker of hope” that this shutdown would be a short and “light fight”. We are all “feeling blue” as our leaders insist on living “on the wild side”. We are being dragged through this “Autumn cauldron” with so many people affected. I truly hope and pray that this senseless dispute ends as quickly as possible. My favorite National Wildlife Refuge is now closed…indefinitely. Such a shame. Life is too short.

Update: The Government shutdown is over today 10/17/13 !
The National parks have re-opened. Hallelujah.

Another Day in Paradise by PelicanPete

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Key West, Florida ~ #241 in Explore 1/10/14
Streetlight Sunrise Serenade
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Wikepedia Key West ~,_Florida

Florida Keys slideshow ~

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