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Pelican

Pelican

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).  Crescent Harbor, Crescent City, 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 northern California, we're knee-deep in them every summer.
 
Canon EOS 1V camera with 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS lens and 1.4x teleconverter.  Provia 400F film at 1/2000 sec and f/8.