Silver gulls riding on Pelicans

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Subject: Silver gulls riding on Pelicans
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:02:31 +0000

I was down at the Goolwa Barrages last Saturday morning and observed Silver 
gulls hitching a ride on the back of Peilcans as they swam looking for fish.
Has anyone else seen this behaviour?
The Silver gull would 'ride' for about 5-10 seconds until the Pelican lunged 
it's bill into the water.
It would then dismount to the water to catch any fish that may have been 
startled by the Pelican.
I saw two Silver gulls do this.




Peter Pfeiffer
  Technical Officer
  School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

  Bedford Park SA 5042
  Tel:        (+61 8) 8201 2604
  Fax:       (+61 8) 8201 2905


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