Monday, August 6, 2012


I just picked up this lovely little Pelican at the Salvo's for $2!  Such a lovely and unexpected find!  I have a bit of a thing for Pelicans despite two rather unpleasant incidents.....  

Incident 1

This event took place some time ago.  We were living in Clovelly at the time and had taken a two year old Captain over to Rose Bay to watch the sea planes taking off and landing.  On arrival we found the ultimate rockstar car park, right on the harbour front.  We couldn't believe our luck and off we went to the park.  Upon our return we saw a bunch of tween aged kids sitting on the fence near our car, holding their noses and giggling.  As we got closer we saw what they were laughing at.  A pelican, perched rather prettily on a lamp post in the car park, next to our car had decided to empty it's bowels.  All over the front of our car. The damage was extensive, it took us a few minutes to clear the windscreen enough to drive. It was the smell however that was the most shocking.  A pelican diet consists primarily of fish.  R and I stood looking at the car in dismay whilst the tweens on the fence were laughing at us like hyenas!  After a while we had to bite the bullet and drive home though and the smell was simply phenomenal, it literally permeated the whole car.  At one stage I can remember we stopped at traffic lights and even the people waiting to cross the road started gagging and pointing at our car.  We now know why that car spot was empty.

Incident 2

The second pelican poo incident, yes there are two.  Be grateful, I have taken the fall for a lot of people as surely the odds of this happening must be rare!  Anyway, this event took place on the little one's third birthday.  For his present we gave him a lovely new bike and in order for him to try it out I took both boys to Manly, to ride to Shelly beach and back.  Along the way I stopped to answer a phone call, simultaneously a Pelican perched above answered a different kind of call, all over me.   Once again it was the smell, but this time it was in my hair, down my shirt, it was everywhere.  I had to walk another 2 k or so back to the car dry retching the entire way.  When we finally got back to the car I took off my t shirt and drove home in my bra.  By that stage I was completely over it and beyond caring what I looked like.   Pelican Poo Incident 2 has taken a little while to get over but over it I must be as I still love Pelicans.  

I even have this fabulous one at the front door!


  1. Oh Emma, it's bad enough when a bird poos on you but a pelican twice!!!
    I love pelicans too!

  2. Your two pelican specimens look gorgeous......yet the two specimens that they dumped on you and your car sound very unpleasant. What are the odds? Rx

  3. While they're picking on you they're leaving someone else alone ;o)
    I LOVE your op shop find......I love it (and your other one too......)
    I can't believe you still like pelicans!
    Tania xx

  4. Oh Emma, I must say I laughed at loud picturing you driving home in your bra, covered in pelican poo :) I've always admired the one at your front door and your new acquisition is equally lovely x

  5. Oh no Emma you poor thing being pooed on by a pelican, I hope it brought you good luck:) And now whenever I go anyway near the bay I'll remember to keep an eye out for those pelicans;) xx

  6. Oh no Emma, I'm sorry I tried so hard not to laugh.. but literally I have tears.. too funny. On the bright side they say being popped on by a bird is good luck... wonder if the bigger the bird the more luck?! I hope so for you :) Love your pelicans. Jo xx

  7. i was also going to say it's good luck, i'm sure you didn't feel lucky at the time. the pelican at the front door is fantastic and the little one gorgeous too. funny that you now have 2 pelicans!

  8. You must be one lucky girl after all that Bird poop in your life. Or perhaps that's just something people say to make you feel better about going through such horror. Frankly I could do without that kind of luck.

  9. Oh Em! What a shocker of a tale. I can't believe the odds. You remind me of what my grandmother said when my cousin had a seagull poo on him - "Thank goodness cows don't fly!". J x

  10. I'm sorry to laugh but these two stories are SO funny! I hope you got a big dose of good luck after each episode!



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