Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t have any turkey-related pictures to post today but I’ll finish this short series of bird images with another pelican. This Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) skimmed past the fishing pier at Fort Morgan, Alabama while I was there on Monday and allowed me to test the bird auto-focus mode on my camera once again.
The nerd in me loves the way that these birds skim right above the waves using ground effect (an area of higher pressure air that builds up between their wings and the water’s surface) to minimise the energy needed to stay aloft.
For the technically inclined...
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