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White pelicans on the move over the Owens Valley

April 7, 2009 |  1:51 pm


I'd heard of birds of a feather flocking together, but this was ridiculous....

The sight of thousands of American white pelicans soaring northbound in multiple flocks over the Owens Valley late Monday afternoon was so spectacular that I felt compelled to pull over on U.S. 395 and snap photos.

But alas, I was pointed southbound and these magnificent birds were so high and moving so swiftly in the opposite direction that I managed to capture only a few images before they began to fade into the blue twilight somewhere near Lone Pine, bound perhaps for points as far flung as northern Canada.

As I pondered their ultimate destination, there was no doubt where I'd soon be: mired in traffic on the 405 Freeway.

--Pete Thomas

Photo by Pete Thomas/Los Angeles Times