Los pelicanos were still in sync on stage 1.
They have been practicing this motion all day. Perfect execution as the referee agrees.
Howzat for a turn around? Los Pelicanos!
El Bailero used the intermission well for a change in light.
This surely adds some disco bling to the performance.
It was a Head to Head scenario, a dance-off on the beach. Who would have thought of that!
The yellow masked dancer had the agility.
The pelicans retained their comparability.
Outstanding usage of the beak.
It really was fascinating to watch this masquerade. El Bailero performing to my left.
Only to see Los Pelicanos responding the same way on the right hand side.
El Bailero’s beak was the same length as his neck.
As it was for the pelicans. Both parties were shaking and twisting.
The pelicans themselves took advantage of sun-lighting circumstances. Sunny glimmers reflecting from the bay twinkled like a gigantic disco ball.
And they added another twist. Mirror reflections for a double effect? Brilliant.
Followed by an ice-cool look. How cute is he?
These are experienced competitors and used their home advantage well.
It was the city-slicker’s turn. Will he come out with some scrub-urban moves?
El Bailero changed his dance floor to a sunnier spot by the beach. He knew that he had to use his skillfulness against his oversized rivals.
He is off to a flying start. Feather positioning and colouring are judgemental just as well.
And the oh so important footwork.
Yet, another ‘Jackson’ move.
A plover viking.
Combined with an outstanding ‘Ice-T’ impression?
Wow. Twerk that.
You know it.
It was a close call but there was no denying. Victory was on his side.
Some of the spectators didn’t agree with the referee’s decision.
A sense of apprehension hung in the air.
Things weren’t as black and white anymore.
As Los Pelicanos took to the air! Synchronised as expected.
Although the photos used in this slideshow may not be used in consecutive order, but that is pretty much how this spectacle unfolded.
It sure looks like that on my camera. I twisted by the pool with my camera in hand as much as these highly engaging contestants did.
‘Unverhofft kommt oft’ is a german saying, which keeps reoccurring with my camera in hand.
It means as much as ‘expect the unexpected’ and clearly underlines my photographic adventures. As it did with these usual suspects. Many of us watch things, but simply don’t see things. It is all about timing, being at the right place at the right time. Unexpectedly.
But I do need to survey the signs just as well. Add a portion of luck to the mixture and anything can unveil in front of your lens. These are usually my most memorable snapshot explorations.
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Wow awesome ,great photos of the behaviour of these playful Birds.