Silver gulls riding on Pelicans

To: 'Peter Pfeiffer' <>, 'bird' <>
Subject: Silver gulls riding on Pelicans
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:10:51 +0000
Yes it has been described before and photographed.


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Peter Pfeiffer
Sent: Monday, 1 June 2015 4:03 PM
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Subject: Silver gulls riding on Pelicans


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
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