Monday, 15 February 2016

Pelicans at Streaky Bay SA

The Australian pelican is a large waterbird of the family Pelecanidae, widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant in New Zealand.
Wikipedia

The photos were taken at Streaky Bay in South Australia from the caravan park.








A stranger reading a novel at the beach.  
What a life!

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  1. Pelicans look so big! I have never seen them in Nature.

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    1. They are a rather large bird, and graceful as all birds are.

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  2. Nice shots

    I love pelicans. We have white and brown pelican hereabout...Yours look like a mixture of them.

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    1. Never seen a brown one only on the internet and your blog.
      Could be mixture, ours have black on them though, not brown.

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  3. We once had a Pelican land on our shores in Northumberland and it decided to stay, but it was a very lonely bird.
    I have seen Brown Pelicans in Florida diving for fish which was spectactular to see.

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    1. Poor thing would be lonely, and I wonder did it lose it's mate.
      Australia has many pelicans.

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  4. These beautiful Pelicans have such big beak. Great photo of the stranger reading a novel at the beach.

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    1. Thanks.
      I expect many people take a chair and sit their in the shade of the trees in summer and read a book..good place for it.

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  5. The first time I saw pelicans flying just above the beach I thought they looked like 747's. Amazing. I like the second shot in which a pelicans seems to be suggesting that the gull would be a lot happier somewhere else.

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    1. Oh dear, did you really :)
      The indignant look on that pelican standing says it all.

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  6. Love the pelicans. And reading on the beach sounds pretty blissful too.

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  7. Good shots of the pelicans.
    I refer to them as "Eating Machines with wings".
    Some are so tame they come right up and snatch off picnic
    plates on the beach areas. Really beach picnic areas are
    battlegrounds over food: People v's Sea Gulls v's Pelicans.
    Makes picnicing somewhat exciting.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Can be a bit of a hazard with the two creatures wanting food, some of them are rather tame and wait till you give them something, a big mistake.

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  8. Brilliant photos Margaret, the Pelicans stole it for me.

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  9. It's a beautiful bird. The man reading on the beach seems to be enjoying himself.

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  10. Nice and easy on the eyes this morning, as my daughter is chucking a spaz over the vacuuming

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    1. Oh is she - well let's hope she well and truly over it now.

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  11. They are wonderful birds the pelicans. I love them.

    When we ran the cruising restaurant at Noosaville (on the Noosa River) back in the early 80s, one used to turn up every morning and every afternoon - at the same times. It would perch on a post on the jetty. It knew what time we started prepping in the restaurant and what time I opened the little fish and chip shop that was attached to the jetty. The shop was a stationary part of the floating/cruising restaurant; physically separate from the restaurant. He knew I was a big softy....I used to toss him a fillet or two of fish every day. How could I ignore him?? :)

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    1. Lee - I reckon that they have top class Rolex watches somewhere attached to them. Down Terrigal way on the waterfront they arrive in "droves" for the 10.00 am and 4.00 pm feeding time for the tourists.
      Quite a sight to see. Same at various other locations where they are feed at a certain time of the day. Amazingly as soon as the last fish has been consumed - off they go.
      Cheers
      Colin

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    2. Well you just ignore them sometimes, if you hadn't of feed them they would stay until you did..

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  12. While they never seem to do much, they are great to watch when they are being fed. They really do fight for their share and I have seen a five minute battle over one fish which two birds had hold of.

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    1. I have never seen them fighting over food, would be interesting to watch.

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  13. Those pelicans look exactly the same as the ones I've seen here in Adelaide, over in Fremantle, down at Mandurah, on Rottnest Island. Do you suppose they're all related? Cousins maybe? (*!*)
    I do love them, wherever I see them.



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    1. Well they could all be related as they do all get about.

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    1. They are graceful for such large birds, but then all birds are graceful.

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  15. they look so beautiful and you captured them nice ,
    last pic is the dreamy one ,sitting like this on the beach with fav book isn't a dream ?it is mine too

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    1. One day you might get to sit on a beach in the cool and read, you never know :)

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    1. They are interesting and I often wonder what they are thinking.

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    1. Pelicans are birds...they are beautiful as all birds are.

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  18. I have seen most of the world's pelicans, including the Australian Pelican, and they are all fascinating creatures. They are so well adapted to their aquatic lifestyle and I always find it interesting to observe their different techniques to capture food.

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    1. They are very quick in catching their food as you know doubt know.

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  19. I love the pelican pictures. And reading a book on the beach....can life get any better?

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    1. Good life traveling about seeing and doing just what you see in the photos.

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  20. What a life indeed! The joy of reading in such a location!

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  21. What beautiful and peaceful photos today Margaret.

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    1. They say the sea is relaxing and I do believe it can be.

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  22. Hello Margaret,
    That's great!! Fantastic to see so many pelicans along that water.
    So special.
    And a funny picture of the local director....haha....!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Yes, you could take that man reading in his chair as The Director :)

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  23. Lovely to see these birds.
    Now I love to sit in a chair and read a book - sometimes at home, sometimes by the lake when I accompany 'hubby' fishing ...

    I hope whoever that guy was enjoyed his day!

    All the best Jan

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  24. these birds are beautiful i have never seen like them before ,
    reading beside the beach is a dream to me dear

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    1. One day your dream might come true, then you will remember this man sitting on a chair by the sea in Australia :)

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  25. I love to read by the sea.
    Pelicans are strange birds. We have two varieties here, both different from yours.

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  26. Fantastic shots of the pelicans !! I love these beautiful creatures !!
    Greetings

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