Pelicans over Altona, Victoria

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Subject: Pelicans over Altona, Victoria
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:49:10 +1000
Hi, sorry if this is an inappropriate request.  I'm a non bird-watcher
wanting some specific information about pelicans around Melbourne.

Every day I see dozens of pelicans flying either
north-east or south-west over my house, near the Mount Saint Joseph Wetlands
in Altona, Victoria (Melways ref  54 C10).  Generally they are flying north
east in the mornings and south west in the evenings, but it can vary.  I
assume they're flying from where they sleep to where they feed.  Judging
from the direction they're flying in, they could be moving between Cheetham
Wetlands and the lower Maribyrnong, but I'm not in a position to
check if this is right. I can't believe that that many pelicans would go
that far to feed there, but where else could they be going?

- where do they come from?
- where are they going?
- does the whole colony go there, or do they feed elsewhere as well?
- am I seeing the same birds coming and going, or am I just seeing birds transferring occasionally between two areas? - do I live under a sort of flight path? How wide could this flight path be?
- do they nest where they sleep?
- if not, where, and when?

Peter Shute

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