Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We had another wet weekend in South Australia, so yet again I was unable to get out and about. I used the time to prepare a new page for my website featuring one of Australia (and the worlds) most enigmatic birds......the Pelican. The Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillanus is widespread across most of Australia and is a vagrant to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The Pelican is currently experiencing a huge breeding event at Lake Eyre in South Australia and the channel country of South Western Queensland due to the floods in Queensland earlier this year. I never tire of watching them, wether it be one, soaring or swimming, or a flock loafing on the beach or squabbling whilst feeding. A great spectacle is the daily feeding of wild pelicans at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Groups of pelicans fly in around an hour before dusk, and some days there can be 100 or more.