This gallinule tends to hide out in the cattails, so i was happy to see it out in the open. Even better, it was swimming in beautiful reflections in the pond.
When I visited Salton Sea 2/1/15, I found an area with hundreds of Brown Pelicans, already in their colorful breeding plumage. Mostly they were loafing on small island areas near shore. This photograph shows three in flight, coming down to join their friends.