366 Days of 2012, Day 59 – Mr Percival

Many mornings I drive past the mouth of the River Torrens where I have often seen a a couple of fishermen surrounded by pelicans and other sea birds and wished I had my camera. This morning I finally remembered.

Today I witnessed the most amazing interaction between a man and a pelican. As he packed up to leave, a pelican who had been previously content to stand by and wait for the odd morsel became very animated. The pelican waddled around him, poked its beak into his bags and then into his jacket. In response the man playfully grabbed his beak and pushed him repeatedly away. This carried on for all the while the man and his other fishing companion took to leave the beach.

I did not get a good shot of the two interacting this time around but plan to try again soon. I did however get them chance to take some wonderful closeup images of these beautiful sea birds.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘366 Days of 2012, Day 59 – Mr Percival’. 1/1250 sec at 200mm f/3.5, ISO 400

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