The California brown pelican is a permanent resident of the coastal marine environment on the Pacific Coast. As the breeding season approaches, the distal end of the bill turns reddish, the proximal end of the throat pouch brightens to a poppy-red, the iris turns a yellowish white to light blue, and a white stripe runs down the pouch side of neck, while the rest of the neck stays dark brown.
This photograph was taken at La Jolla (pronounced Hoya) in February. La Jolla is a beach resort north of San Diego city. It is easy to get there by public transport – bus #30 from the Old Town bus depot.