I have a fondness for pelicans. They are, not to put too fine a point on it, ridiculous-looking creatures and yet they seem always to be wearing a smile.
We saw brown pelicans throughout the Caribbean, lots of them, whenever we approached a port. They are huge birds — good flyers, but oh so ungainly on take-off and landing.
Near Malmok Beach on Aruba I spotted several pelicans standing on the shore, along with some smaller companions. (I really should try to identify the species…) They were really quite unperturbed about having people around. I probably could have gotten even closer to them, but since I had a long lens I didn’t need to.