The Pelicans at Point Lobos

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In early October, 2013, thousands of Brown Pelicans and Black Cormorants descended upon the rocks and enclaves around Point Lobos State Reserve in the Big Sur area just south of Carmel, California. While Pelican and Cormorant migrations are not uncommon along California's Central Coast, the large number of birds that gathered during this time of the year was completely unexpected, inasmuch as autumn is not their normal mating season. The birds literally covered the rocks in and around the reserve.