Pelican Pose

Huntington Beach State Park near Myrtle Beach rewards the frequent visitor with new stuff every time.

My primary interest in the brown pelican is to catch them in motion, with wings spread wide, in a lovely setting. But sometimes there are interesting things to see even when they’re standing almost still in ankle-deep in mud.

Me, I have a hard time scratching that spot between my shoulder blades with my fingers. The pelican, apparently, can do it with the back of its head.

Pelican rubbing top of head on back

Clearly impossible . . .

But wait. Impossible as this was, there was more.

Pelican with head flat against back.

This makes *my* neck muscles hurt. What about his?

Not just more, but worse. Ouch.

Pelican with neck bent completely flat against back.

Stop! Stop! I can’t stand it.

This definitely looks uncomfortable enough to be a new yoga backbend: the pelican pose.


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2 Responses to Pelican Pose

  1. barbara carlson says:

    Yeah, my hometown Newport Beach, Calif. has these huge creatures near the pier. They defy lots of things. They look pre-historic to me.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Interesting. I have the same reaction to some plants, whose name escapes me now. For photography, though, they move at an acceptable rate. Better a big bird than a little one.

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