A Photo for Friday

"Ready to Fly"

Ready to Fly

“Ready to Fly”

November 1, 2023

San Diego, CA (Coronado Beach)

FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. CSK says:


  2. Jay L Gischer says:

    I was going to ask, “Do you see that in Alabama?” but then I read the caption.

    Did you stop in at the Hotel Del? It’s very picturesque itself. The primary shooting location for a film I adore called “The Stunt Man”, I made sure to visit it on at least on San Diego trip.

    Of course, waterfowl are good too.

  3. Flat Earth Luddite says:


  4. Mr. Prosser says:

    Ahh, there’s nothing like a bird photo. Great capture of the of the wing primaries and secondaries. Look like a first year California Gull

  5. Kathy says:

    It looks to be starting a takeoff run.

    Most birds just up and fly, but some larger ones need added air speed. They run and flap their wings before they can fly, essentially a takeoff run.

  6. @Jay L Gischer: Actually, it is something one could see on the AL coast.

    And yes, this was right by the hotel. A lovely place! I have been to San Diego many times, mostly many years ago, but this was my first time on the island.