A long v-shaped squadron of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) soared inches above the glassy ocean surface on an intercept course with the Condor Express. Half the squad made it past the bow, the trailing half had to fend for itself. Most of the birds soared upwards, then over the boat. In the process, this young pelican came up eyeball-to-eyeball with my lens. Pelicans are fantastic beasts. The full frame image for this photo is the next image in this gallery.