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I have a taken many pelicans before, but this is my best to date. They are fascinating creatures that live on land, sea, underwater, and in the air.
This image was taken off the beach in front of the Estuary of the river San Jose del Cabo on a day when the wind was blowing offshore, which seems to have caused the pelicans to fly more toward the beach, giving me a more frontal perspective than I have ever been able to get before. Pelicans are fascinating birds that resemble a prehistoric "Pteredactyl", and, though they look a bit clumsy, swim, dive and fly with amazing grace. These birds "surf" the updraft of wind generated by the waves movement through the air, similarly to the human in a hang glider surfing the updraft of a seabreeze over a bluff along the coast. It is interesting to note that birds surf the waves of air , while humans surf the surface of the wave, and seals, porpoise and fish surf the waves underwater. Everybody loves a free ride!

I used a polarized filter and panned with the motion of the flight direction.

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Additional Photos by Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 12 N: 383] (930)
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