Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, photographed at Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 8 April 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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Comments

  1. #1 Matt Burch
    April 29, 2010

    That looks to be a brown pelican. It is the only pelican species with overall dark coloration.

  2. #2 Matt Burch
    April 29, 2010

    That looks to be a brown pelican. It is the only pelican species with overall dark coloration, and the only one that lives near the ocean.

  3. #3 Another Kevin
    April 29, 2010

    Uhm. I was gonna say, “It’s a pelican. It’s brown. Could it be a Brown Pelican?” But I figured that’d be too easy, and it’s some sort of escaped exotic or something. Although I don’t know of any other pelican species with overall brown colouration.

  4. #4 blf
    April 29, 2010

    I also think this is a pelican, but have no further idea. (See, sometimes I can tell the difference between a bird and a brick!) But I want to know is: Where’s the Guinness?

  5. #5 Benton Jackson
    April 29, 2010

    Nice shot! Lovely lighting, good blurry background that looks quite nautical, which is always important for a typical picture of this species. The only thing that could make it better is if were standing on a pier post.

  6. #6 Bob O'H
    April 29, 2010

    Wrong species, blf. That bird would have a Caffreys.

    P.S. Grrl has the perfect mystery bird for you – I’ve been trying to persuade her to use it, but no luck yet.

  7. #7 Beto
    April 29, 2010

    This is a Buster Brown Pelican.