The flight of the pelican is very stately

TCD MS 10515 folio 19r

TCD MS 10515 folio 19r

[March 8th 1916]

I noticed three black birds, strikingly prominent amongst their white companions. I suppose they are melanistic varieties of the ordinary species. The flight of the pelican is very stately especially when a flock is slowly soaring overhead, sweeping round and round in wide majestic circles. In one flock which I carefully watched the birds appeared to act under the control of their leader, who sometimes held and to regulate their flight in accordance with his orders. They moved in single file; an equal interval separated each bird, with the exception of the leader, who sometimes held a place well in advance of the head of the line. Each bird follows the movement of the bird in front. When the leader commences to flap, then very shortly after number two in the line will commence the same