Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!

To: "Trevor & Hazel Cowie" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:12:10 +1000
Here it is:,22606,23552684-5006301,00.htm
all presumably based on information from "amateur weather forecaster
Nellie Elvey, 82, known in Adelaide for her weather predictions by the

Just for interest, did you notice any letters to the paper pointing out
the error?  If not, then perhaps someone who reads this paper ought to
volunteer to do that.

Peter Shute

 wrote on :

> 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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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!
> Importance: High
> 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 strong.
> A relevant link to this area is as follows:
> p?id=658#top

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