Pelicans are a large water bird that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing.
Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters where they feed principally on fish, catching them at or near the water surface. They are gregarious birds, travelling in flocks, hunting cooperatively and breeding colonially. Four white-plumaged species tend to nest on the ground, and four brown or grey-plumaged species nest mainly in trees.
The fossil record shows that the pelican lineage has existed for at least 30 million years.
The eight living pelican species were traditionally divided into two groups, one containing four ground-nesters with mainly white adult plumage (Australian, Dalmatian, great white, and American white pelicans), and one containing four grey or brown plumaged species which nest preferentially either in trees (pink-backed, spot-billed and brown pelicans), or on sea rocks (Peruvian pelican). (ref Wikipedia)
Our local pelicans seem to like sitting on top of the light poles especially in winter. The shape of the light and the warmth it generates makes a perfect place to park overnight.
We left our car at the boat ramp one weekend when we went over to Moreton Island. We returned on Sunday afternoon to find the car totally covered in Pelican poo. Seriously, you could not drive the car because you could not see out of the windows. So take heed, check the ground for pelican poo before parking your vehicle. That stuff does not wash off easily!
This photograph is a little shaky. I started to move during the shot because I thought he was going to land on me!