If you live a long way from the coast like I do there is no choice. Pelicans come in only the large size and one colour combination – brilliant white with classic black and yellowy orange trim. They come equipped with a standard expandable bill that can hold a whopping three gallons of water and, if the pelican is lucky, a fish. However, their best feature is the ability to spread those high-performance wings and effortlessly float for a country mile. The gas mileage is simply unbeatable.
I think I know all about pelicans. They are a joy to behold.
Then I find myself on the California coast looking at a bird that looks a lot like a pelican, floats like a pelican but the colours are all wrong. It appears like this bird got playing in the mud while getting random brushes of paint all over its head and bill. It’s a fascinating display. This model comes with all the standard pelican features though it’s a smaller version with a few sporty features like a propensity to dive bomb a fish for a snack – you have to admire the attitude. I finally got a close encounter with the a brown pelican.
I take it for a spin with my camera and am duly impressed. This pelicanism works in different models. But which one to choose?
It turns out I’m the sentimental sort and pick the classic model I’m used to seeing every year.
And how do you like your pelicans?