Tale of a Pelican called Peter

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Doug MacDonald, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Pelicans are a fascinating bird. Lovable because of their graceful flight,
    huge wing span and tolerance of humans. They stink to high heaven from all
    the oil they make to keep themselves waterproof so getting up close and
    friendly with a pelican requires a certain tolerance of aromas!

    Their skeleton is incredibly light and fragile to aid in their thousands of
    mile flights to and from breeding grounds but probably the most fascinating
    aspect of all is the way they use a phenomenon called "ground effect" to
    literally glide for miles on a bubble of air, just a few inches above the
    surface of the water.

    Oh yeah... They fascinate me big time but this link is not about any of the
    above. It's about a Pelican who tamed a man and divided a community.

    Doug MacDonald, Jan 24, 2007
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  2. A wondrous bird is the Pelican.....
    It's bill can hold more than it's belly can.....
    David Springthorpe, Jan 24, 2007
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  3. G'day Doug - hadn't seen you on here for a while, thought you must have
    fallen off the edge of the earth or something. That story about the pelican
    and the bloke getting taken to court is bloody ridiculous, but pretty
    typical of the crap that goes on around here now. I don't know if you are
    familiar with the Bunya Mountains, just north of Dalby. For years now,
    people have fed the crimson rosellas and king parrots. Hundreds of parrots
    come in to the delight of the public. It has been happening for years (for
    as long as I can remember going there, and it must be at least 30 years
    since the first time I went up there).
    Anyway, last time I went up there, it seemed different. The first thing I
    noticed was that sitting down eating a pie, and rosellas were stealing my
    food as I ate it - that never used to happen. Then I saw why. Political
    correct bullshit has crept in there now. Instead of the bird feeding being a
    case of pay 20c for a packet of seed, stand out in the open and have a bunch
    of birds land on your arms, head etc, it is now a very sterile environment.
    You must feed the birds within the designated bird feeding area, and at the
    designated bird feeding times. No more than (10 from memory) people can be
    feeding the birds at any one time. You must now use the designated bird seed
    holder - a special stainless steel tray for the specially designated seed.
    You are not permitted to let the birds land on your arm or head, and if they
    do, you must refrain from feeding them until they move to the designated
    container. Failure to observe the strict rules, will result in your removal
    from the designated bird feeding area. There is a limit on the number of
    birds that can be fed at any one time too, and if the number exceeds the
    allowable limit, all feeding must stop until the bird numbers drop down to
    the allowable numbers. If by chance a bird other than a crimson rosella or
    king parrot comes in (you'll get the occasional sparrow or finch), you are
    not permitted to let them have any of the seed. Where it was once a case of
    buy your 20c packet of seed and enjoyed yourself, it is now pay $5 for a 10
    minute "bird feeding experience". The cafe holds a "provisional interaction
    with wildlife" permit, which they had to pay a fortune for, and may lose it
    if they are found breaking the rules. Absolute bureaucratic bullshit gone
    I should have seen this crap coming, a few years ago I was up there, and a
    rent-a-cop ranger threatened me with a fine for feeding the birds in the
    national park. I took literally 2 steps, so that I was off the national park
    (like the other 20 odd bird feeders), and that was permissible.
    Welcome to QLD, where if the Government can work out a way to charge you for
    breathing, they will do it.
    Graham Fountain, Jan 24, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    C J Campbell, Jan 24, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    And those bills make such great scratchers, to boot...
    Now that's what I call a neck...
    Mark², Jan 25, 2007
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    Jeff R. Guest

    Ye gods!
    What _is_ it with your (lovely) dogs' eyes? Are both eyes functional? Is
    that common with that breed?
    Jeff R., Jan 25, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    They are brother and sister...and ya, their eyes are fine.
    I get asked that question frequently because they do look
    different...resembling blind eyes.
    Sweetest dogs in the world, BTW. Bubba is asleep with his head literally on
    my foot as I type this.
    They are apparently a "breed unto themselves..." as they are a combination
    of quite a few types.
    Somewhere back in their "roots" I think there must have been some sheep dog
    breed, with the different eyes, but I don't know. Thanks for looking.

    Mark², Jan 25, 2007
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    Jeff R. Guest

    Jeff R., Jan 25, 2007
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    kosh Guest

    once a gain a case of a few people shouting loud enough means the rest
    of us have to fall into line.

    political correctness is not about the whole... but a chance that you
    may offend someone someday!

    so much for individualism.....
    kosh, Jan 26, 2007
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