Twisting by the Pool, Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One of my favourite’ Dire Straits’ song would add perfectly to this slideshow.

Twisting by the pool @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Twisting by the pool @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

So! You think you can dance? Got a few of them smooth moves? Well, think again!

Smooth moves @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Smooth moves @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Michael Jackson himself couldn’t pull off some of these moves.

Dance spectacle @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dance spectacle @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An unexpected dance spectacle was just about to unfold. ‘El Bailero’ vs ‘Los Pelicanos’. And I followed them closely with my lens.

Just another day @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just another day @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just another ordinary day by the beach at Woody Head. Or is it?

The stage is set @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The stage is set @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

While these competitors are waiting for my arrival, let me quickly rewind and introduce you to the candidates.

Los Pelicanos @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos have featured in a few of my posts. Their abilities don’t need much more introduction.

Double mask @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Double mask @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Masked Lapwings, on the other hand, have never featured in my posts. They were impressive debutants.

Misunder @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Misunder @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Most people know these birds as plovers. So did I until recently.

Plovers @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Plovers @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Fact is, that plovers actually are near cousins to these cloaked birds.

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They are scientifically known as masked lap-wings.

Flap wing @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flap wing @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And boy can they flap-wing. I watched one of them closely one afternoon and called him!?

Nesting and resting @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Nesting and resting @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘El Bailero’ is a father.

Black and white @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Black and white @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Things were a little black and white. He has been on nest duty for most of the day. Not moving a muscle.

Restless @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Restless @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Perhaps it is his first hatch, he was seemingly restless.

Another twig @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Another twig @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There are only so many twigs he can count.

Motionless in sepia @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Motionless in sepia @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He just couldn’t wait for his life-long mate to return and take over nesting duties.

Chick on the loose @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Chick on the loose @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

The masked lap-wing parents will have heir wings full once these fragile eggs hatch.

Pre-occupied @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Pre-occupied @ Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia

Literally!

Rebel without a cause @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rebel without a cause @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He was evidently apprehensive. Not even his yellow mask could hide his emotions.

Shaking them feathers @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shaking them feathers @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He needed to be by the beach to shake-up some feathers and twist them by the pool.

Partner in crime @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Partner in crime @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Eventually, his partner for life returned.

Deceiving unwanted attention @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Deceiving unwanted attention @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

She steps gracefully and carefully towards the nest. She doesn’t want to attract any unwanted attention.

Off the hook @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Off the hook @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

El Bailero is off the hook, lining straight to the beach.

Still there @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Still there @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mrs lap-wing double-checks the egg count. One, two, three and may the fours be with you!

Come back soon @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Come back soon @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He gets all the fun. 

Ready when you are! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ready when you are! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

El Bailero entered the stage and took one look. This is the moment we have been waiting for.  Let the salsa contest begin.

We are ready! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We are ready! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos acknowledged his objective.

In position @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In position @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They have taken positions already.

Choreography @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Choreography @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Great choreography.

Pirouette @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pirouette @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A pirouette well executed.

Tit for tat @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tit for tat @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Coming back together and…?

Watchful eye of the referee @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Watchful eye of the referee @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The ‘tit for tat’ is nicely implemented. No error escapes the capable referee in the background.

Hallelujah @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hallelujah @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hallelujah, what an opening. Some just couldn’t believe what they saw. A crowd favourite by far.

Stretching @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stretching @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Braking it @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Braking it @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This bird knew he had to come up with his best moves to edge out these experienced opponents.

Ladies and Gentlemen! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ladies and Gentlemen! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He is a lap-wing behind a facade. He is El Bailero!

Buenos Dias! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Buenos Dias! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He greeted the jury mexican style. His feathery poncho covered his mask for the opening act.

Not so smooth @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not so smooth @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Oh no! A schoolboy error. This isn’t excessively smooth! Did his nerves get the better of him?

Shadow play @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shadow play @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He had a few more tricks under his belt somewhere, as his shadow appeared as the ‘dancing queen’.

Flexibility @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flexibility @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Incredible position of the mask.

How does he do that? @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How does he do that? @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos were startled. He was only fooling us earlier with his masquerade.

Get inda choppa! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Get inda choppa! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How about this for a terminator impression. I am impressed, ‘Arnie’ would be back! And that’s how you do it.

That’s hoe you do it! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

That’s hoe you do it! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And we will be back too. After the intermission!

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