Pelicans perching on poles

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Pelicans perching on poles
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:47:46 +1000
Pelicans love hanging out on lights on bridges - probably because they are good 
launching points near the water.  Because their habit of crapping from a roost 
is hazardous to passing cars, there are anti-roosting wires strung on the 
lights along the Hornibrook bridge running between Sandgate an Redcliffe.

Regards, Laurie.

> On 19 Jan 2019, at 5:25 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> I went to Batemans Bay this week (NSW SE coast, down from Canberra, for those 
> not local). A thing that I noticed and usually have noticed there, is that 
> the Pelicans really like to perch on light poles there. It seems to me a 
> difficult and strange thing for such heavy birds to do. They can hardly be 
> looking for food from there. Given that even birds like Galahs sometimes have 
> difficulty perching on these rounded smooth steel structures and Pelicans 
> don’t have gripping feet and they would need to achieve almost zero speed in 
> flight to perch there. So is that a local habit or widespread? At San Remo 
> near Phillip Island, there is a bit of a tourist attraction of feeding of 
> Pelicans, but they fly in to the car park area, I did not notice them 
> perching on poles.  Surprisingly a web search typing in “Pelicans perching on 
> poles”  provided many pictures
> but these are mostly stumps or piers not high light poles. Many are 
> Australian Pelicans and the American Brown Pelicans which I suspect is not so 
> big.
> Philip
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