We love “our” Brown Pelicans.

Pepe Alvarez photographed a Brown Pelican soaring. They seem to fly so effortlessly, using updrafts near the bluffs.

A Brown Pelican soars by Pepe Alvarez An adult Brown Pelican by Pepe Alvarez

This year Brown Pelicans did not breed in great numbers. The estimate is only 1% of the normal amount of eggs were laid. The theory is the burgeoning El Nino is to blame. Their normal food source down in Baja was not available this year and most Brown Pelicans did not successfully breed. As they are long-lived birds, taking one year off is not a cause for worry.

Thanks to Pepe for allowing me to share his beautiful photos with you here.

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