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Photo taken on Sunday leaving port Galveston Texas. I see Brown Pelicans and Cormorants but not sure what the one bird up on the right is. It is large sized like the Pelicans but has a white front? Thank you. 

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1 hour ago, blackburnian said:

It’s just a pelican That plumage is pretty normal for them, I believe.

Agreed. This is a juvenile Brown Pelican, which normally has a brown overall with a white belly. 

2 hours ago, hbvol50 said:

thought cormorant. now I'm not sure

There is a cormorant (either a Double-crested or a Neotropic) below that bird, though!

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Posted (edited)

Thanks to all who replied. Out of likes for today but will like as soon as I get more 🙂

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3 hours ago, thelodger14 said:

getting a Sandhill Crane feeling?

You mean the red on the head? That would appear to be some sort of optical aberration.

That's said. I can't quite make out the pelican in this bird. The posture seems to be too vertical, and where is the bill? Not that I have a better idea.

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I don't understand the problem here. This is an immature Brown Pelican 100%. The bird is just preening itself. 

Here is an outline of the pelican I made:

 

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