It does and that is a Mallard behind it. The reason I thought it was a Pelican is what other Fish Eating bird would be there at this time of year other than a American White Pelican. It is to big for a Loon.
What about a cormorant? Sadly it's really hard to make out any distinctive features in this photo. Did you observe it in the field? Is there any chance at all that this could simply be a bird-shaped stump in the water?
Randy, a Cormorant really in case you have forgotten they are black. Secondly this bird was a long way off far enough I couldn`t see it with the naked eye, and lastly it most likely is an American White Pelican which doesn`t have any distinguishing features. All I asked was if it isn`t a Pelican then what can it be?
To answer the question, I think it could be a log/stump.
Shape is odd. But nothing about it says pelican to me. I'd think a white pelican would be white, not brown. I wouldn't expect a cormorant to sit so high in the water, and the "head" would be awefully large.
If you think it's a pelican thats fine with me, but I don't think it's proveable.