Posted by: travelrat | April 7, 2012

A Wondrous Bird is the Pelican …

As regular readers of these chronicles may have noticed, I have rather a soft spot for pelicans. Serene and graceful in flight, they’re so amusingly ungainly and awkward on the ground, it’s difficult not to like them.

Where there’s water and abundant fish, there’s often a pelican not far away. And, it’s not only fish they like. We once spent lunchtime on a riverbank, trying to get the message across to a friendly pelican that we were not going to share our picnic with him. A ranger later told us that this happens a lot; when the pelican gets too importunate, it gets relocated to a less populated stretch of the river. But, another one soon takes its place.

The other day, we visited Henley Beach and found pelicans perched on top of the lamp posts lining the jetty. They seemed completely oblivious to the passers-by, many of whom stopped to photograph the birds; they just perched there preening themselves.

I had the feeling that maybe the local Council feed them, to encourage them to stay for the visitors.



  1. Hi Keith,
    I totally agree they are a magnificent bird. You will find that the council does not feed them, that’s just the way it is with the pelican, you will often see them in bunches like that, in a lot of places, it is very common.

    It’s always nice walking along the water or just sitting back and watching the world go by. I hope you are all having a great Easter, and I’ll take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter. 🙂

  2. I am fond of pelicans too. We have a lot of them down in the bay. To me, they always look very serene and a bit like they’re wearing a tuxedo. Whenever I see them I smile 😀

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