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The pelicans are very much part of the daily life of the Tuggerah Lake. They populate the lake and can be seen on sand bars, on fence posts, lamp posts, nesting along the shoreline and near every jetty where fishermen may choose to clean their catch. One of the main towns on the lake, The Entrance, has a pelican feeding each day at 3 pm near the town centre which is a popular tourist activity. it is managed by the Wildlife and Fisheries department and other feeding is generally discouraged. They are lovely graceful birds and every time I see them I think of a rhyme my mother and grandmother used to recite when I was a young child ...

It is by American poet Dixon Lanier Merritt

A funny old bird is a pelican.
His beak can hold more than his bellican.
Food for a week
He can hold in his beak,
But I don't know how the hellican.

I might add that they did not progress further than first couple of lines :) must have been protecting my innocent young ears!

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Additional Photos by Kathryn Weir (kathryn_weir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 463] (2056)
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