On a recent visit to Surfside Beach, on the Texas Gulf Coast south of Houston, I observed several groups of Brown Pelicans. They were diving into the Gulf waters for fish, but unfortunately so far offshore that I could not photograph that activity. Often, however, their flight patterns took them closer to the shoreline.
Sometime the pelicans would fly in formation.
A few times, though, an individual would fly close enough to the beach to seduce me into trying a little bird-in-flight photography. The next three images are a sequence from a single flight.
These magnificent birds have a wingspan of around seven feet. To me, they appear very graceful when their wings are fully extended as shown below in the next frame of the continuous-burst sequence.
At other moments in flight, they are rather angular, as in the later frame below.
These are my first post-worthy photographs of the Brown Pelican. Ironically, they were taken in Texas, even though the Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, my home state.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.