On this quiet shore in western Australia, remnant strands of seaweed are are brought in by the tide and deposited like a flock of geese in a v formation.
The words that come to mind when I look at this bird are “confident” and “well fed.” The pelican’s stance is one that conveys comfort in, and possibly even enjoyment of, being close to a human with a camera. It lives in a preserve where it is protected and has ample food. Sure, the bird could fly away. But it didn’t!