Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

The Brown Pelican is pretty much the only pelican commonly seen in Costa Rica, since the other species that occur (American White Pelican) is just a casual migrant. I have seen this pelican in the beaches of the Pacific Coast; they do the signature dive flight, going at high speed and streamlining their bodies in mid-air to catch fish near the sea surface. They also aggregate in high numbers around boats, probably catching fish that the fishermen let loose.

Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis - Pelícano Pardo

This pelican came flying and perched on a nearby mangrove branch

Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis - Pelícano Pardo (Buchón, Pelícano, Alcatraz)

This juvenile pelican flew over a large saline pond. Their wings move relatively slowly due to its size

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