Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ponderous Pelican

Ponderous Pelican
yet graceful flyer
powerful stroking flight
alternating short glides
skimming inches
above the water.

Silently you sail
rarely emitting
a low croak
with your head
drawn back to shoulders
no need to soar.

Constant along coasts
you forage shallow waters
of oceans, bays and lagoons.
Nesting in colonies
on small, remote islands
loyally raising your brood.

Roosting in large groups
on preferred sandbars
resting on rocks
buoys and beaches
perching on pillars
posts and piers.

In small flocks
of synchronized sailing
a straight line of aviators
glides low over ocean water
nearly touching it
with wide wingtips.

From the salty air
you dive straight down
plunging bill first
with spectacular twisting
breaking through the surface
filling your pouch with fish.

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Size: 48 - 50 inches (122-127 cm)   Wingspan: 6.5 feet (198 cm)

Photo Location:  La Jolla (La Jolla),  California