Culburra beach is a tucked away town north of Jervis Bay National Park. With a population of 3,500, this little beach town was originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the same architect who designed Canberra. Culburra was known until 1916 as Wheelers Point until the first white settler, when became Culburra – meaning sand in the local Aboriginal dialect.
As in all Australia, good coastal beach towns aren’t complete without good fishing. And around good fishing there is always Australian pelicans lingering about to catch some fish, or at the very least, scraps of fishermen cleaning their catch of the day.
Australian pelicans are the biggest pelicans in the world and have the longest bill of any bird; it measures 49 centimetres in length and can hold up to 9 to 13 litres of water.
Australian pelicans can measure around 1.6 – 1.9 metres in length and have a very large wingspan of 2.5 – 3.4 metres.
Male Australian pelicans are bigger than the females and can weigh up to 10 kg in some cases, but 8 kg is a more usual upper weight.
Australian pelicans do not have much waterproofing oil on their feathers and can become wet and cold. No wonder they search the warmer locations.