Bird Week – Australian Pelican   3 comments

Pelican, Australian Pelican, San Remo, Victoria, Australia, Coast, Ocean,Bird Week? Well, that was the idea when I started it over one month ago now. And yet, I’m still only at bird #6. Good thing I didn’t call it ‘Bird Month’… I might have felt beholden to sharing 30 birds instead of just seven.

Today’s bird is quite clearly a pelican, an Australian Pelican to be precise. They breed over on Mud Island at the south end of Port Phillip Bay. When they get old enough and start exploring, they eventually make it over to Phillip Island and San Remo. Every day at noon, a local organisation feeds the pelicans. They often take in the injured ones and nurse them back to health.

Over time, the birds have become pretty good at figuring out when feeding happens and turn up in varying numbers as the morning gets on. This was about an hour before feeding time when the pelicans are just patiently milling about waiting for happy hour.

 

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3 responses to “Bird Week – Australian Pelican

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  1. Nice shot, but I’m sad to hear that people are feeding the pelicans – makes them dependent on humans and changes their social behaviour. Unless it’s an injured bird that needs help, I would prefer to see the pelicans feeding and catching their own food.

    victoriaaphotography
    • I hear what you’re saying. Apparently they only feed them a small amount, not nearly enough to sustain the birds as they don’t want the pelicans to become dependent. I think the general message is conservation through awareness.

  2. great image

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