We’re packing up for a move to the Northwest. It will be a year-plus endeavor — a relocation based on pragmatic considerations. I’ve been a Californian for the better part of 20 years, so the best way to embrace a transition across state lines is to see my future there as a photographic adventure. That part is undeniably alluring. Orcas come to mind.

In the meantime, as I’m busy packing boxes, injuring and hobbling my foot, losing car keys in wetlands, and generally making this move more difficult than it should be — I’m also sorting through and backing up my old photos. Many of the birds I’ve photographed here do migrate up the coast to where we’ll be, in Seattle.

For some animals, I’ll have to drive just a bit farther to grab some shots . . . like Brown Pelicans. So, my first farewell post to California is all about them. I customized my ATM card with one of my pelican-on-the-bay shots, to keep me visually tied to home.

These are some of my favorite Brown Pelican images, snapped over the past few years on San Francisco Bay.

Brown Pelican Taking Off From Water

Brown Pelican Takeoff at Crissy Field - Presidio San Francisco - ©ingridtaylar

Brown Pelican Diving

Brown Pelican Diving - ©ingridtaylar

Brown Pelican Taking Off

Brown Pelican - San Francisco - ©ingridtaylar

Brown Pelican in Flight in San Francisco
Pelicans and Cormorants Preening on San Francisco Bay

Preen Fest on San Francisco Bay - ©ingridtaylar

Brown Pelican Eating Fish

Pouch o' Fish - ©ingridtaylar

Two Brown Pelicans Flying

Pelican Pals - ©ingridtaylar

Two Brown Pelicans Swimming

A Meeting of the Pelican Minds - ©ingridtaylar

Pelican Diving Into Water

Wings Over America - ©ingridtaylar

Trio of Brown Pelicans on Wall

Pelicans in Sync - ©ingridtaylar

Pelican Frenzy

Frenzy with Pelicans, Cormorants and Gulls - ©ingridtaylar