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Pointe West - Galveston Island, Texas
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) fly in formation along a Texas Gulf Coast beach near Galveston, Texas. Once endangered, their numbers have rebounded thanks to reductions in pesticides and protection under the US Endangered Species Act from 1970 to 2009. They are the official state bird of Louisiana. Their grace in flight is in contrast to their methods of caching prey, which can be best described as a controlled crash dive.