Formation Flying~

Pelis-can

fly in formation.

The birds in the back coast,

on the updraft from the birds in the front.

They swap positions regularly,

so no one gets tired.

Cooperation is a powerful force,

and much more fun than fighting.

Cheers to you from the pelis who can cooperate~

214 thoughts on “Formation Flying~

  1. Oh, lovely. Just before we left I saw a check line (not quite a ‘V’) of Canada Geese!
    Had to have been 30 or 40!

    A few years back while visiting Florida I got and up close an person photo of a Peli-can ‘hamming it up’ for the camera at the end of a peir.

    Cheers for a great 2022 to you two and two and Four-Ever GR8!

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  2. They are an amazing bird Cindy. It always amazes me that they all look exactly the same around the world…but different colors. Must have been the fish they eat 🀣. Great pictures dear lady, may there be many more for the new year πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹ ✨ πŸŽ‡ πŸ’₯ 🌹 🍾 🍸 🌈 πŸ•Š πŸ’«

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  3. I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I saw pelicans flying in formation like this! We were visiting friends who had a house at the beach (just north of Del Mar), and the pelicans flew right over the deck! It was awesome, and I love your photos of their formations and how they cooperate! Thank you!

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    • When I was a child pelicans were relatively rare because DDT had made them endangered. Now the thrilling sight you are describing is something that can be witnessed often, which is a true blessing. I am happy you saw this and that it thrilled you. Stay safe & well my Kathy.

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    • Thank you very much . It is soothing to the senses to see nature asserting order out of chaos. I hope you have a Happy New Year my friend & look forward to sharing another virtual year with you.

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  4. Wonderful fotos, thank you for sharing. You are right: cooperation is a powerful force, we always see this in spring when the migratory birds fly back in formation from the south and in autumn when they fly south. I wish you the best for 2022, Marie

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  5. The red bill stripes and the formation flying in these fantastic photos were both new to me.

    Love the contrast between the ungainly look of pelicans standing on land (or floating on the water surface) and the masterful grace of pelicans in flight.  It’s like the contrast between penguins waddling on land and penguins flying underwater.

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    • You are so right in your comparison with penguins on land and in the water. This is also true of ungainly seals on land who are ballet dancers in the water. Also definitely true with boobies who are masters in the sky but have really bad landing gear!!! πŸ˜‰

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  6. Until I was 11 years old, I was able to live next to a beach in Peru and the pelicans were the inescapable company because it was a fishing port. Their formations were like an army on the march when they came to the beach in search of food. Your incredible photos have brought back these memories. Greetings Cindy.

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  8. Ahh and the pelican says, β€œYes I can fly! I’m PeliCan not PeliCan’t and I need no pelichute.” Lol! Awesome my friend as always! (β€’β€ΎβŒ£β€Ύβ€’)و ̑̑❀️❀️❀️

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