Australians a quite used to having Silver Gulls watching them as they eat picnic lunches, especially if any seafood is on the menu. While we were eating our lunch in the picnic area on the wharf at the Sydney Fish Markets, several Silver Gulls kept a close eye on our food, especially the individual shown in the photo above.
He went hungry.
At least we didn’t feed him anything. Others in the vast crowd may have been more compassionate and shared their lunch.
A very bold White Ibis patrolled the footpath between the rows of tables where hundreds of people were eating. This species has become a pest in many picnic areas. They are not afraid of people and frequently hop on to picnic tables and grab food off your plate. Cheeky blighters.
Some people might think this behaviour as cute, or amusing. For a little child it can be very intimidating and downright frightening.
More docile were several hopeful Australian Pelicans cruising near the wharf.
After exploring the various parts of the Sydney Fish Markets we all settled on one outlet where we could buy our lunch. Hundreds of other people had the same idea even though it was getting on in the afternoon. I guess a place like this is very popular at all times. It took us nearly a hour to get our food – but the wait was really worth it.
Another problem was finding a place to sit down to eat. While the ladies of our party ordered and paid for our lunch, my son and I “patrolled” the picnic area on the wharf. There must have been well over a hundred picnic tables, each seating 6-8 but all were occupied. The lawn area adjacent was also very crowded.
Eventually we decided to “hover” next to a group of people who had almost finished, and “swooped” on the seats faster than a seagull grabbing a hot chip when the table was vacated. It was just in time – our lunch arrived five minutes later.
Naturally we all had seafood. The general feeling was that the food was well worth waiting for. There is nothing like Australian seafood freshly caught and cooked well.