During the two recent morning photography shoots in San Diego, we caught glimpses of the Brown pelicans walking along the cliff ledges. Their walk was more of a dance with their careful foot placement and use of their wings to steady their balance.
They gracefully lifted one foot and then the other to move forward along the edge. It was quite a display as they timed their wings and feet in a synchronous movement.
As this non-breeding adult (as indicated by the white head and neck feathers) made its way to the edge of the cliff, it kept its focus and attention on its movements.
Eventually the pelican stopped and readied its wings for its eventual liftoff.
The launch began with a squat and a stretching of its wings high overhead to generate a force when the wings descended during the liftoff.
The last bit of this sequence of images involved the feet stretching on tiptoe before liftoff. Then this magnificent bird launched into the air, flying out to sea on a hunt for a morning meal.
I’ll continue to share more about San Diego in the next few posts. They should still be around if you are in the area!
You can view these images individually in my portfolio located here.