Pelicans in Updraft

The brown Pelicans here at Southern California’s coast are incredibly beautiful flyers/gliders, or, as fellow San Diego photographer Phil Colla put it, “The Original Wind Surfers” – look at his (truly wonderful!) gallery and you’ll understand why.

Sometimes however, their elegant cruising is disturbed by a sudden updraft. Then they need to sort out their gliding and formation in mid-air before they can continue impressing us with their gracious effortlessness of flying. :)

Pelicans in Updraft at Cardiff State Beach, San Diego, CA.
Turbulence — Pelicans in Updraft at Cardiff State Beach, San Diego, CA.

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