Week 10 Saturday 4 August to Friday 10 August 2012
The pelicans were hungry last Sunday morning. Usually pelicans in Williamstown feed at the fishing club jetty opposite the life-saving club, or around the corner at the private moorings near Jawbone Marine Sanctuary.
But last Sunday morning there must have been plenty of young fish amongst the rocks in the middle of the swimming beach. I’ve often snorkelled there in the shallows and some sunny days there are thousands of juvenile fish turning, as one mass, into all sorts of shapes. You wave your hand and they move one way. You wave your hand again and they move another way. Magic.
So the pelicans, about 20, were probably feasting. But they were also cruising back and forth by the shore and then picking food from the washed-up seaweed.
One pelican managed to scoop up a large spiky bloated catfish from the seaweed. I watched the pelican as I was drying and wondered what all those spikes would do the bird’s digestive system.
The pelicans were hungry last Sunday morning.