The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the US pelicans. I have only seen the White Pelican also and both are big. A Brown Pelican is 4 1/2 feet tall (106–137 cm) with a wing span of 6 – 8 feet (1.83 to 2.5 m). Sorry, but his wings are bigger than me. Not small!
Most interesting is this bird dives for his fish. In shallow water just a little up in the air. In the ocean it’s a full out, full speed dive.
A small bird that I can only photograph in perfect light. They are shy, dive quickly under water, and always seem to be just out of reach. And that’s why morning light is needed. No room for error.
Pied-billed Grebe In Circles – Click To Enlarge
‘Part bird, part submarine, the Pied-billed Grebe is common across much of North America. These small brown birds have unusually thick bills that turn silver and black in summer. These expert divers inhabit sluggish rivers, freshwater marshes, lakes, and estuaries. They use their chunky bills to kill and eat large crustaceans along with a great variety of fish, amphibians, insects, and other invertebrates. Rarely seen in flight and often hidden amid vegetation.’ (Cornell University)