Lately I’ve been doing practice paintings of California Brown Pelicans in their Winter plumage, which is just so glorious.

Pelican 5-2014 WATERMARK

Looking back at the photos I’ve taken, I was struck that the ones where they are being their natural selves in a huge squadron of pelicans really convey the remarkable character of these wonderful birds.  Pelicans were endangered in California not too long ago & this breeding season, they seem to be struggling again.

I love how they open their mouths & flex their pouches.  The colors are wondrous.  Visitors from all over the world come to La Jolla Cove & marvel at them.

Wings out 1-20-2014 WATERMARK

The California Brown Pelicans have been arriving here at the La Jolla Cove in squadrons for years.  i think these birds really should be a national treasure.  I really have no words to say how heartbroken I am that the City of San Diego seems intent on driving the pelicans out of the La Jolla Cove area.  I love these birds.  If you could take the time to send an email to Mayor Kevin Faulconer telling how these birds need to be protected at the La Jolla Cove, perhaps it would make a difference.  The Pelicans need our voices.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer


Pelican snoozing but keeping an eye out 1-26-2014 WATERMARK

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