Breeding colors
During the breeding season, the white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) undergoes a remarkable transformation in its plumage. In their everyday lives, these majestic birds have pure white feathers, but when the time comes to win their beloved's heart, they start to acquire a beautiful shade of pink. Their head, beak, and pouch become painted with vivid colors, which serve as a symbol of readiness for amorous advances. This metamorphosis is not only an expression of strength and vitality but also a signal to their potential partner, indicating that the pelican is prepared for a companionship during the breeding season.
Walvisbay, Namibia
FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
327mm ƒ/9.0 1/160 ISO 250