Thursday, May 14, 2009

You are cleared for landing

Helicopter pilots have nothing on these guys. Drying to drop on those round pilings at the Bolivar Peninsula Ferry Landing, in a stiff wind is nothing to take lightly. Besides, helicopter pilots don't have a big beak to get in the way as do these Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis). Hey, we all got our peaks to carry.

Notice though how carefully this feathery flyer works -- trimming his flaps up on one side and down on the other. Looks like he's be doing it all his life.

--steve buser

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