You were never very far from a Pelican on Kangaroo Island – or more precisely, never far from an Australian Pelican - Pelecanus conspicillatus.Interestingly, the second part of this name does not mean ‘conspicuous’ (which they were!), but ‘spectacled’.This seems to refer to the bare skin around the eyes of these huge birds.
One evening (in light rain and appalling light) I watched these birds trying to roost on long topped street lamps.There was much squawking and squabbling, and not a small amount of falling off as well.
In the end I stopping taking pictures – I could tell they would be not much chop – and sat back and watched.
Anthropomorphism be dammed, they were funny and looked like slightly drunk teenagers arguing about the best seat at the bar.