King of the Pelicans

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house-top. –Psalm 102:6

Pelicans are so comically gregarious on land, but the moment they spread their enormous wings, there is no mistaking their regality.  Just look at the elegant curves in his wingtips! He’s utterly fabulous! 

The pelican totem symbolizes kindness and generosity. Perhaps this is because their pouches can hold such a surplus of water and fish? All I can say is among all the water birds I encountered, the pelicans seemed the most at home when surrounded by their own species. I could be wrong, but there didn’t seem to be much of a pecking order amongst them in Baja California.

Photo Credits:  Wingspan, by Susan J. Preston. Isla San Ildefonso, Baja California Sur, © 2018, all rights reserved

Technical: Fuji XT-2 | 400mm (XF 100-400 F4.5-5.6) | 1/1000 sec at f8 | ISO 500