Brown Pelicans were halfway to extinction due to eggshell thinning caused by DDT exposure in the 1970’s. This species incubates eggs in an unusual way; it covers them with its webbed feet. When pesticide ingestion caused thinning of eggshells, this practice resulted in so many broken eggs that the species became endangered. Brown Pelicans are now reestablishing along the West, East, and Gulf coasts. It’s truly awesome to see them in strong flight against the shoreline.
Adult Pelicans consume as much as four pounds of fish per day. Fish are captured by the pelican plunge diving and scooping up prey with its gular pouch. The symmetry of the Brown Pelican’s halves is particularly graceful as seen during a dive.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”