Pelicans over Altona, Victoria

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Subject: Pelicans over Altona, Victoria
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 15:31:51 +1000
On Friday, September 08, 2006 1:38 PM David Nicholls wrote:

I band pelicans in Western Port but there we few movements.
We watch pelicans fly between the wetlands of southeast Melbourne
but we unable to build up a picture of the movements. I was hoping
your request would solicite a flood of observations.

Perhaps you can answer this question then. I've only ever seen them flying to and fro in groups of up to 10, but a neighbour claims to have seen them circling in groups of 60. I have several times noticed large groups of what I thought were seagulls circling very high.

Is it possible that what I thought were seagulls were actually pelicans? If so they must have very high indeed. Doing what? Gaining height on a thermal? Have you seen them do that?

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