Apparently human athletes don’t have a lock on being a show off. For this slightly vain pelican, it all starts with admiring its reflection.
Of course any athlete knows it’s important to stretch but this seems a bit showy. Though the audience seems a bit distracted.
The next step is a carefully staged, disdainful look at the competition. It would be intimidating enough to soften up a worthy competitor but that seems to be highly questionable in this race.
In a flash they are gone. Very quickly the pelican is all by itself with only its shadow anywhere close.
The pelican’s pride remained intact another day.