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Pelican Meal
updated: Jan 18, 2013, 3:03 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

A perfect day in Santa Barbara yesterday afternoon, and a Pelican wants to "go fishing".

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Still thinking, and trying to come up with a plan.

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Large fish, head down, in garbage can, and a strategizing Pelican. "How do I swallow this thing?"

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 COMMENT 365000P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:57 PM

He's really hard to find in that first shot, like Where's Waldo. I go down to the wharf for lunch once a week and I've been seeing him, or his cousin just sitting there seemingly for all tourists to take his pictures!


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:13 PM

Oh please...show us a final picture with the fish in his beak. I can't stand the suspense.


 COMMENT 365111P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:58 PM

Hopefully, no fish, "Auntie S.", and you will survive the suspense.

Notice the blue band on his left leg? This is a bird that had been injured or had other problems, probably fishing line or hooks, cared for by the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, and released there. He found his way here and is begging for fish - I've seen him be fed by the boat launch area - and the pieces are often too large and will choke him. And, near inevitably, being fed or finding food in barrels, he'll be on Stearns Wharf and will get hooked.

Getting food in this way is often a death sentence for these pelicans as well as being very annoying for fishermen having to fend off hungry birds who have given up hunting. Sorry to be a wet blanket.

Moral of the story: fish barrels should be covered; and please! do not provide pelicans food on the pier and harbor.


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