Now that I’m back on the coast and have spotted a few pelicans already, I thought it would be cool to share how weird these guys can look when they are not skimming the waves or diving for fish.
Yes, they can swivel their necks backwards, a full 180 degrees. My neck kinda hurts just thinking about that.
And they can make their neck look like a broken slinky when grooming, like this one reaching deep under a wing.
Probably my favorite move is this yoga-looking stretch, which they do to stretch and maintain the pouch. Did you know that a pelican’s pouch can hold the equivalent of two toilet flushes of water? Well, now you do!
I have no idea what this bird was doing, except that she was doing it perched on a cliff so I’m going to give her a 10 for this balance beam routine.
And she wasn’t done with the gymnastics, using one more move to display, showing off her red neck, the telltale sign of a breeding adult.
With such a big bill, how does the pelican sleep? Easy peasy. One turns one’s head backwards, lays one’s bill on one’s back, and closes one’s eyes. Kind of like that pelican on the far left who is taking a nap while the others practice their staredown techniques or clean their tail feathers.
To close today’s post, here’s another breeding age pelican with attitude, doing a rather awesome “Fierce Beyonce” look.
That’s not a duck, it’s a… PELICAN.
Marlin, in Finding Nemo