April 10, 2009

We just finished a week of shooting on Santa Barbara Island (in the Channel Islands National Park off Ventura CA), and had good luck filming brown pelicans courting, mating, and nesting. Here’s a shot of two lovely breeding birds—note the bright red pouches—building a nest on a slope with an ocean view. The male has just arrived at the nest site, and gallantly presents his mate with some grass for the nest. Gigi was probably born on the Channel Islands, and these birds might have been her parents, who knows? We will follow this pair and several others through the nesting season, hoping to film very young purplish chicks, older fluffy white chicks, and brown-feathered youngsters ready to fly.

Mated Pelican Pair

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