After it’s in the air, the pelican is a very graceful flyer. Its large wings allow it to soar for a long time. The pelicans I was watching would soar from one side of the bay to the other until they spotted a fish in the water below. Then they would fold their wings and dive like an arrow to catch the fish. Another amazing sight is seeing a line of pelicans gliding along just a foot or two above the water. They seem to be floating along on a cushion of air with only an occasional flap of those long wings.