OK – so i’ve kept you all waiting long enough!
Last Friday a visit to a small suburban reserve resulted in me spending an hour or more enthralled with what i was seeing and able to capture with my camera.
It is something i would never have expected to see where i saw it (them) – although i have seen both birds before separately.
I am showing a satellite screenshot of the area close to my home to give you a better feeling for just how strange this occurrence actually is.
I hope you enjoy the remaining photos, more will be posted over each coming day of Bird Week!
My little part of suburbia showing the reserve (circled in blue) where i photographed all these birds . The black dot in the middle is the pond/lake which is roughly the size of an olympic swimming pool (50 x 25 m). There is a petrol service station located in the top right corner of the circle. The whole area is roughly in the centre of the Perth Metropolitan Area which is some 6,400 square kilometres in size (2,500 sq mi !!), the vast majority of which looks a lot like this! It is some 8-10 km away from the nearest beach.
Onto the birds…
(Click on a pic to open in a new window and click again for full detail 🙂 ) This beautiful bird was swimming next to a freshwater reed bed seeking out small fish hiding amongst the roots when i first spotted him (from a distance of 100 metres). He was on his own and far from his typical hangouts of the ocean or saline estuaries. He appeared uninjured and seemed in no hurry to leave, as i found him here again 2 days later, shortly after which he flew off.;-)
He was kind enough to stop his feeding for a time and step up onto a grassy bank and posed for me in the bright sunshine. I’ve named him Phillip Alexander after the 2 great kings of Macedon (Greece) 🙂 The brown blob close to the bank on the right is the back of a Pacific Black Duck some 3m (10ft) or so from the Pelican, who has his head under the water.
More to come… Day Three. 🙂
Previous Pelican Posts:
Day One (No Pelicans!)