I don’t know why this message, sent 2.5 hours ago has not come
through. So I will try again. So to be a bit more concise. In the quote,
“I think it was originally supposed to be for cormorants” I took
the “it” as the conversation (that being the immediate prior noun) and assumed Peter
could not find my original post. Dave took the “it” as the structure. Peter
intended the “it” as the structure.
I meant that the perches in Geoffrey’s photo were originally
intended to be used by cormorants.
From: Philip Veerman
[ Sent: Saturday, 9 February, 2019 1:00 PM To:
'Dave Torr'; 'Peter Shute'; 'Geoffrey Dabb' Cc: 'birding-aus' Subject:
RE: [Birding-Aus] Pelicans on posts
Ha ha. Isn’t that funny. I took Peter’s question as asking to
confirm: “when this conversation started………. I think it was originally
supposed to be for cormorants” as being a question about the conversation and I was partly
influenced by that someone did comment about cormorants perching on poles. However
Dave it appears is taking the question as related to “I think it was
originally supposed to be for cormorants” as a comment on possible
purpose of that particular structure. Hardly needs saying that I know nothing
about that particular structure and so was only thinking in terms of my
original general question about why Pelicans perch on poles.
No! It was me who started it with my post on Sat 19-Jan-19 6:26
PM, with the alliterative “Pelicans perching on poles”. Inspired by light poles
at Batemans Bay and elsewhere. My enquiry was about why such big birds without
the benefit of feet adapted to perching, would bother to do this, as it just
looks so incongruous. My best answer is they mainly do it to avoid being
bothered by people and dogs walking past. Applying the issue to cormorants is
not that interesting, as they are not so big and routinely perch on trees.
[ On Behalf Of Dave Torr Sent: Saturday, 9 February,
2019 12:39 PM To: Peter Shute
Cc: birding-aus Subject: Re:
[Birding-Aus] Pelicans on posts
My understanding was that it was built because the lagoon
where it is situated is full of dying trees which are used by cormorants.
My experience is that it is quite often empty and I think the trees still have
cormorants in them - although it is not possible to get close to the lagoon to
I was told by an employee that it cost around $100k to
On Sat, 9 Feb 2019 at 12:36, Peter Shute <> wrote:
I went looking for a photo of that when this conversation
started, but couldn’t find one. I think it was originally supposed to be for
cormorants. Can anyone confirm that?
On Sat, 9 Feb 2019 at 12:16 pm, Geoffrey Dabb <>
Found this while looking for something else. Werribee
2012. Purpose-built, evidently.