Whining aside, this is a young brown pelican. They are the goofballs of the gulf. The young pelicans hang around the pier and are snagged by the fishing lines. The older pelicans know better.
This is where several old dock posts stick out of the water. It is a place where several pelicans come to roost, preen, and dry there wings at sundown. My subject arrived a little late. All the good spots where taken. He rests on a pointed stump. The only stop left. Those webbed feet worked well grabbing his perch.
This study helped me explore ways to paint different layers of feathers. Value changes and color temperature were important. I think this will be interesting painting to do bigger and slower. The bird has a funny position of his neck. They are like bulldogs with folds in the neck that can take on incredible shapes. I will study other photos to see if I can improve on this pose.