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Gliding Pelican

Gliding Pelican

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).  Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, CA.  Federal status: ENDANGERED. The banning of DDT and other pesticides was essential to recovery. Continuing threats include avian botulism, injury from fishing hooks and abandoned lines, oil spills, pesticides, and disturbance of nesting areas by squid fishermen. It is mainly at risk in the Gulf of Mexico.  In California, we have gazillions of them. 

Canon EOS 1V camera with Fuji Velvia, pushed one stop.  600 F/4 L IS lens with 2x teleconverter. 1/125 sec at f/8.

Photo was published in the Wild Rivers Coast Phonebook, 2005-2006.