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Bahia Ballena, Tambor, Guanacaste
Costa Rica


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 320 mm
Exposure 1/320 s, f/5, ISO 100 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Pelecaniformes   Family  Pelecanidae

Deutsch  Braunpelikan Dutch  Bruine Pelikaan
Italian  Pellicano bruno Spanish  Pelícano Alcatraz


When foraging, pelicans may fly a few feet or a considerable height over a school of fish and dive at high speed into the water, often submerging completely below the surface momentarily as they snap up prey. Upon surfacing they spill the water from the throat pouch before swallowing their catch. Only the Peruvian Pelican shares this active foraging style, while the six other pelicans forage more inactively by scooping up corralled fish while swimming on the surface of the water.


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Brown Pelican breeding
Pelecanus occidentalis
Pélican brun

Jean-Michel PAULUS