I took these photos a couple of weeks ago when we went for a quick run in the tinny from Church Point on Pittwater. Pelicans are one of my favourite birds, particularly because they are one of the few really big birds that you can regularly get close up to and not like any bird I’ve seen in the UK when I lived there. So for me they are quintessentially Aussie (even though I know you get pelicans on other continents).
I sometimes wonder what they did before the invention of large roadside streetlamps which are obviously the perfect size for a pelican landing, and so I’m going to call them “peli-pads” from now on. Whilst i was taking snaps of this one there was a bit of a breeze making the lamp sway and I could see him balancing himself by curling and then lifting his enormous grey webbed feet over the edge of the lamp. I wish I could have caught that on film. Anyway I think he is really beautiful and very photogenic!