Brown Pelican at Tortuga Bay, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos.
(I changed the sea on this image to more blue- original untouched image)
I’m used to watching larger white pelicans, so at first brown pelicans looked less impressive. But that blue eye took me by surprise.
And watching them at such close range the texture of the feathers is fascinating.
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