Pelicans look a lot like depictions of pterodactyls. I love to watch them fly. They often cruise single-file in groups of three to nine or so, gliding impossible distances with their slightly drooping wingtips just an inch above the water, rising a few inches to flap a few times, then settling to glide again skimming the water. I was unable to get any usable shots of this phenomenon, but I have a few other shots.
I took a camera that is pretty good for still shots, with a built-in zoom of amazing capability. However, it was cheap enough that I chose it for the trip because I wouldn't mind if it was "misplaced." However, its ability to focus and shoot quickly is pretty limited, so I wasn't able to get shots of pelicans fishing. They fly a few feet over the water, then brake, fold their wings and drop bill-first into the water, nearly end-over-end as the water catches the open bill. They then settle on the water and gulp down the fish they catch nearly every time they go through this.
Here's a shot of pelicans stooping to dive for fish. I took this shot from Google images.
As you've probably surmised, I don't have much to say about anything important these days, like which poseur is going to be the Republican nominee for president. I am so baffled by the City of Rapid City's prosecution of the landfill-conspiracy folks that I don't know what to think about that. The city ruined Randy Meidinger's life after an extensive investigation which led to a trial at which Glenn Brenner's crack investigators apparently couldn't produce any evidence. WTF?
Therefore, I propose to post more bird pictures soon.