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During the breeding season, the Brown Pelican’s head changes from white to bright yellow—courting plumage.  In the spring the white neck molts to dark brown, and the yellow head has not yet changed back to pure white.  A most dramatic appearance to this prehistoric looking bird.

I have painted this particular pelican many times.  He resided at WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation center here in Marin County, CA.  I was sad to learn he passed away this past winter.

Acrylic painting 

painting of a pelican