El Bailero vs Los Pelicanos, Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In sync on Stage 1 @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In sync on Stage 1 @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los pelicanos were still in sync on stage 1.

Poultry in motion @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Poultry in motion @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They have been practicing this motion all day. Perfect execution as the referee agrees.

Funny photo @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Funny photo @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Howzat for a turn around? Los Pelicanos!

Glamorous @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Glamorous @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

El Bailero used the intermission well for a change in light. 

D.I.S.C.O. @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

D.I.S.C.O. @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This surely adds some disco bling to the performance.

El Bailero vs Los Pelicanos @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

El Bailero vs Los Pelicanos @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It was a Head to Head scenario, a dance-off on the beach. Who would have thought of that!

Agility @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Agility @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The yellow masked dancer had the agility.

Comparability @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Comparability @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The pelicans retained their comparability.

Peak a beak @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Peak a beak @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Outstanding usage of the beak.

Beaking through@ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Beaking through@ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos?

To my left @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

To my left @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It really was fascinating to watch this masquerade. El Bailero performing to my left.

Los Pelicanos to my right @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos to my right @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Only to see Los Pelicanos responding the same way on the right hand side.

Stretching @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stretching @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

El Bailero’s beak was the same length as his neck.

Long stretch @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Long stretch @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As it was for the pelicans. Both parties were shaking and twisting.

Disco ball @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Disco ball @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The pelicans themselves took advantage of sun-lighting circumstances. Sunny glimmers reflecting from the bay twinkled like a gigantic disco ball. 

Reflections added @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Reflections added @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And they added another twist. Mirror reflections for a double effect? Brilliant.

Smooth @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Smooth @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Followed by an ice-cool look. How cute is he?

Experienced competitors @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Experienced competitors @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These are experienced competitors and used their home advantage well.

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

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

It was the city-slicker’s turn. Will he come out with some scrub-urban moves?

Change of scenery @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Change of scenery @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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. 

Flying start @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flying start @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He is off to a flying start. Feather positioning and colouring are judgemental just as well.

Footwork @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Footwork @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And the oh so important footwork.

‘Who’s bad?’ @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Who’s bad?’ @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Yet, another ‘Jackson’ move.

Vikings @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Vikings @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A plover viking.

Cool as @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cool as @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Combined with an outstanding ‘Ice-T’ impression?

Twerking @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Twerking @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wow. Twerk that.

Final act @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Final act @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

You know it.

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

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

Thank you!

Victorious @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Victorious @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It was a close call but there was no denying. Victory was on his side. 

Obvious disagreement @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Obvious disagreement @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Some of the spectators didn’t agree with the referee’s decision.

Not fair! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not fair! @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A sense of apprehension hung in the air.

F.... @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

F…. @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fudge!

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

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

Things weren’t as black and white anymore.

Los Pelicanos in the air @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Los Pelicanos in the air @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As Los Pelicanos took to the air! Synchronised as expected.

Random show @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Random show @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

 Although the photos used in this slideshow may not be used in consecutive order, but that is pretty much how this spectacle unfolded. 

Random reply @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Random reply @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

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

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

‘Unverhofft kommt oft’ is a german saying, which keeps reoccurring with my camera in hand.

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

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

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.

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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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