Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!

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Subject: Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!
From: "Trevor & Hazel Cowie" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:03:08 +0930
This item was in fact an article in the Adelaide Advertiser.
The article stated several things including Ants building up their banks
higher as well as other KEY indicators in nature for the Nature Reporter to
write about.
I read the Pelican bit to the Birds SA members at our monthly meeting, they
enjoyed the laugh!

Trevor Cowie.
(Field Program Co-ordinator SAOA/Birds SA)
51 Whiting Road, St Agnes. SA 5097 Australia.
Tel: O/S +61 8 8263 2531
Aust: 8 8263 2531

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Sent: Wednesday, 23 April 2008 12:30 PM
Subject: Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!
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Thanks for this report David.

I've tracked and documented breeding by Pelican's in se Australia and at
no nest site does this species use any form of tree to make a nest in.  At
all the locations I've checked, Pelicans nest on the ground with minimal
nest material.  If anyone has observed differently this would indeed be a
first for se Australia at least.

What I have observed is Pelicans sometimes sitting atop posts or poles at
lake or beach edges but never in any type of bush or tree.  I wonder what
the caller to the ABC actually saw??

As far as I'm aware there has been no breeding by Pelicans on or close to
the Murray River in Victoria or New South Wales.

Incidentally, there are Pelicans (and many other waterbirds) breeding at
Lake Wyara (Currawinya Lakes Ramsar site) in far west Queensland at the
moment.  The information I have says the colony is about 15 000 birds,
which is far larger than any Victorian colony has ever been to my
knowledge.  There is an additional 15 000 Pelicans at the adjacent Numalla
Lake as well which might explain where all Victoria's Pelicans have gone
...?  This Queensland site was mentioned by list member Greg Sherwin back
in February (18) this year.  At that time there was ' ... many thousands
...' of Pelicans breeding, so it's great ton hear the colony is going

A relevant link to this area is as follows:

If anyone hears about ANY breeding of Pelicans then be sure to let me

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. (PO Box 500),
East Melbourne  3002

( 9637 9869


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