One of my favourite’ Dire Straits’ song would add perfectly to this slideshow.
So! You think you can dance? Got a few of them smooth moves? Well, think again!
Michael Jackson himself couldn’t pull off some of these moves.
An unexpected dance spectacle was just about to unfold. ‘El Bailero’ vs ‘Los Pelicanos’. And I followed them closely with my lens.
Just another ordinary day by the beach at Woody Head. Or is it?
While these competitors are waiting for my arrival, let me quickly rewind and introduce you to the candidates.
Los Pelicanos have featured in a few of my posts. Their abilities don’t need much more introduction.
Masked Lapwings, on the other hand, have never featured in my posts. They were impressive debutants.
Most people know these birds as plovers. So did I until recently.
Fact is, that plovers actually are near cousins to these cloaked birds.
They are scientifically known as masked lap-wings.
And boy can they flap-wing. I watched one of them closely one afternoon and called him!?
‘El Bailero’ is a father.
Things were a little black and white. He has been on nest duty for most of the day. Not moving a muscle.
Perhaps it is his first hatch, he was seemingly restless.
There are only so many twigs he can count.
He just couldn’t wait for his life-long mate to return and take over nesting duties.
The masked lap-wing parents will have heir wings full once these fragile eggs hatch.
He was evidently apprehensive. Not even his yellow mask could hide his emotions.
He needed to be by the beach to shake-up some feathers and twist them by the pool.
Eventually, his partner for life returned.
She steps gracefully and carefully towards the nest. She doesn’t want to attract any unwanted attention.
El Bailero is off the hook, lining straight to the beach.
Mrs lap-wing double-checks the egg count. One, two, three and may the fours be with you!
He gets all the fun.
El Bailero entered the stage and took one look. This is the moment we have been waiting for. Let the salsa contest begin.
Los Pelicanos acknowledged his objective.
They have taken positions already.
A pirouette well executed.
Coming back together and…?
The ‘tit for tat’ is nicely implemented. No error escapes the capable referee in the background.
Hallelujah, what an opening. Some just couldn’t believe what they saw. A crowd favourite by far.
All eyes were on El Bailero. How would he respond to the pelican’s proposal? Will he be able to slap and flap-wing a master performance.
This bird knew he had to come up with his best moves to edge out these experienced opponents.
He is a lap-wing behind a facade. He is El Bailero!
He greeted the jury mexican style. His feathery poncho covered his mask for the opening act.
Oh no! A schoolboy error. This isn’t excessively smooth! Did his nerves get the better of him?
He had a few more tricks under his belt somewhere, as his shadow appeared as the ‘dancing queen’.
Incredible position of the mask.
Los Pelicanos were startled. He was only fooling us earlier with his masquerade.
How about this for a terminator impression. I am impressed, ‘Arnie’ would be back! And that’s how you do it.
And we will be back too. After the intermission!