It's not always easy to photograph a pelican up close. However, this one was very cooperative.
And so were these.
Sometimes I can sneak up on them in the kayak without spooking them, but I'm limited by the zoom on my pocket camera (I'm not brave enough to take the good camera out on the water).
Most of the time they fly away before I can get very close. And even with a decent telephoto lens, they are too far away to capture much detail.
There was one pelican in the flock that stayed behind so I tried to get closer.
But eventually he sensed my presence.
That's close enough.