Last week I posted photos of four White Pelicans performing synchronized swimming among the alligators along with a wish to see them fly. Yesterday I photographed a larger group flying over the same place and wished that they would land.
Ten birds that weigh an average of twenty pounds each coming in for a landing would be a great shot. Of course they did land, but way at the back of the pond.
Their flight is as skillful as their swimming: close together and smooth.
To get an idea of the size, Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the American White Pelican is “considerably larger than a Bald Eagle; smaller than a California Condor.”
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, South Carolina.