As a Londoner, I'm fond of saying about heavy traffic, "It's like Piccadilly Circus here!" Well I'll tell you, when I walked from the fishing pier to Golden Beach early the other morning it was Pelican Circus. I've never seen so many pelicans. As a child in London I used to go and see them in St James's Park and I thought that was exciting. Well nothing could prepare me for this.
They were cavorting around
Hunting what was presumably a big shoal of fish
And diving in left right and centre
with a splashy thud
They are so ugly
But so funny
And brilliant at skimming low over the water
like the Dambusters
There goes another one
and another two. I couldn't get enough of them.
Funny too how there will often be a smaller seagull with them, trying to grab the fish
This one actually took off from the pelican's back
He's seen it all before.
Ah the wonders of nature. You never know what you're going to see on the beach.
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