Five Star Fish and Chips Diner, Australia

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Take-away Diner @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Everyone is invited to the 5 Star diner at the boat ramp.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
All you can eat @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The temptation is hard to resist as the fish is fresh and too often plentiful.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Locals @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hungry guests don’t have to travel far, most are locals.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
All day @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The opening hours for the ‘all you can eat buffet’ varies from day to day. Weekends are usually busier.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Waiting game @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is a fishing routine revolved around the boat ramp and hungry birds know it.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Scratch @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Most fishermen take to the waters early mornings on their quest for dinner.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cleaning coalition @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

There is not much point to cramp the ramp before boaties return with their haul.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Sea of stars @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Customers don’t need to rush to get to the fishy cleaning tables.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Neck to neck @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is ample time to finish morning toiletries.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Stretching @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Nothing like a good stretch.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Now what? @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

And wait.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
The catch @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

However, there is a catch.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
The One @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is always ‘the one’. The one innocent ramp-tramp.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Waiting @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The one, who just sits there quietly and waits.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Perimeter @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

He who stalks the perimeter, just in case. A fisherman could pull up at any time.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Bucket-list @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How about this one? Has he got fish? Can I see a bucket?

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Give it to Me! @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There’s a bucket. Give it to me!

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Meeeee! @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Give it to mmhhheeee!

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Theres a bucket! @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This news isn’t new for long. Oi, he can sea bucket.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Pelicanotion @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It sets off a commotion of the feathered kind, faster than the eye can blink.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Incoming @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

An areal stampede flocks in.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Not Fair @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pelicanos aerialos is my latin translation for a rather classy motion.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Ole! @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Here they come, it’s showtime.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Out of the way @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Houston! I have a problem!

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Ghostly @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Pelicans emerge from all directions. Almost eerie.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Here comes Jonny @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The landing procedure is always amusing to observe.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Graceful @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The feathered brakes are tilted as the landing gear prepares for touch-down.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Double Trouble @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Superbly executed on mirror waters.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Golden Spot @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Other opportunists arrived earlier and secured a favourable spot.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Watchful eyes @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It appears to be a strong hierarchy within the pelican society.

Nambucca, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Newcomers @Nambucca, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Newcomers stay back and wait for their turn.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Stylish @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unless, one is on top of the pecking order and gracefully push through. Pulp fiction style.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Ay Captain @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This pelican enjoys commander status.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
In line @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Attention to be en-guard.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Dominance @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The best feeding rock is prime territory and not for the faint-hearted.

Harrington, New South Wales Mid-Coast, Australia
Chaos @Harrington, New South Wales Mid-Coast, Australia

Challengers enclose the ramp perimeter as more and more fishermen are returning on their tinnies.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Beak Reaction @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This pelican holds the throne until he got what he came for.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Body posture @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Angle and distance are calculated for the right body posture.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Gotcha! @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Nicely executed.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Style @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And goes for seconds.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Seconds @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

His neck hasn’t even swallowed the previous catch.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Fish-Nazi @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No fish for YOU!

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Getaway @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Most pelicans preferred to swallow their big catch first and paddle along with oddly shaped necks.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Unnoticed @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Maybe no one else noticed the swollen glance.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Second row @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There’s no need to complain for the second row along the water’s edge.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Optional @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Plenty of fish had been caught, there’s food for everyone. In a realistic but sad way.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Squabbles @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Scraps often land in the water which causes havoc.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Fishfinger @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

No effort is small enough for a fish finger.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Head-start @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One just needs a good head start.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Jump around @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A few more jumps.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Pelican Airways @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Gone with it.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Size matters @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What seagulls lack in size, they make up for with cheekiness.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Confusion @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Aerial acrobatics seem to confuse the pelicans.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cunning @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

No other bird is as cunning as the grey heron though.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Frankly @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

He has become a crowd favourite in-between sharp knives. Quite frankly.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Great White Heron @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Now and then, his pale cousin shows up. He’s not as adventurous as the White-faced Heron.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Desperate or not? @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As for the pelicans, they need to weigh up their options between hunger and desperation, before making their move.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Watchful @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This will not go unnoticed. Each pelican watches out for any movements within this gathering.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Intruder alert @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Intruders are seldom welcome.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Beak-Off! @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It doesn’t take long before all feathers break loose again. 

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Sheltered @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A few small coalitions were established within the dirty dozens.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Dirty tricks @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dirty tricks they play.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Back-Up @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Each pelican needs to watch his and another’s back.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Beak-Theft @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Beak-theft is surprisingly common.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Double Hook-Up @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even though the fish is hooked, it is still anybody’s serve.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
All for one @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As long that there is the slightest chance to snatch the catch, it’s all for one. Fish.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Runway @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The safest strategy is to make a run for it.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Neckroll @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The neck roll is a blow below the beak and ferocious.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
A notch @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I wonder if he got the message? But wait! Help isn’t far.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hold-Up @ Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bad luck, he’s the bully’s friend.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Unfair @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Two on one don’t seem fair.

Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Mhhh? @Golden Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Things that make you go ‘Hhhmmm’?

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Ouch @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I couldn’t help to feel sorry for the bullied pelicans. It’s a tough existence within the flock as nature’s law prevails. 

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Beak-a-boo @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I haven’t witnessed such vicious behaviour before. I certainly didn’t capture it with my camera.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Desperate measures @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This adds difficulty to understand what exactly is going on. In these photographs, I didn’t aim for anything in particular.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Push the button @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I just zoomed into the engaged mob and pushed the button.

Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Homeward bound @Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No doubt, that similar scenes will be repeated tomorrow.

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Re-Open @Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

When first guests arrive at the star diner.

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