Warning ! Odd and just a little gross.
This is the second time I have witnessed this. The first I didn’t know what I was actually seeing.
A pelican has a big neck, huge mouth, and of course will yawn and stretch. In the right position, looking right at him close, it is downright bizarre.
I was photographing this Brown Pelican while he sat quietly.
Then he stood up, threw his head back and stretched. Way up.
Next was the jaw flex / burp / yawn thing. Well, he pushed his neck out, opened his throat… and I looked inside !!
The neck pushes his throat out (above). OMG !
I stopped shooting around this point.
When you are a photographer every day is a new adventure.