I also had never thought of pelicans as good looking birds, but the ones in Monterey sure were. These particular pelicans are Pelecanus occidentalis. Check them out :)
And Brandt's Cormorants too... they are in the same order of pelicaniformes, but different family, the Phalacrocoracidae with their scientific name being Phalacrocorax penicillatus. (i wonder why penicillatus?)
Back in May they were nesting... Last week they had all hatched with some more ready for their first swim than others.
The ones below look closer, but obviously still quite dependent on mama and papa.