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Pelican Feeding Sessions @ The Entrance

by Justine Crowley (follow)
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pelican feeding at the entrance
Many locals and visitors to the Central Coast have not seen this many pelicans at once in a long time

Every day at 3:30pm at The Entrance beach front, the pelicans get fed. This daily ritual attracts the crowds, particularly families. All kids absolutely love watching these birds get fed. The Entrance is dubbed the "Pelican Capital of Australia," and after attending a pelican feeding session, you will begin to understand why.

pelican feeding at the entrance
Some hungry pelicans

A family friendly destination that is only an hour's drive north from Sydney, yet a great escape from Sydney without travelling too far. The adults love this and so do the kids. If they're super lucky, they might be handed a piece of fish to hand to the pelicans during their feeding session. Also, it can be a matter of pot luck to the number of pelicans that come to the shores to be fed. One time during the warmer, summer months during a school holiday period, only a few came to be fed, while last Saturday (as at the time of writing this), the weather was cold, drizzling with rain and rather windy, and come 2pm there was an abundance of pelicans waiting to come to the shore. Of course, come feeding time, there was an abundance of hungry pelicans, many of which started to become feisty towards each other, knowing that there was insufficient fish to feed all of them. It was (to a degree) rather funny, especially as the pelicans at the front tried to open the lid to the bucket of fish on the table. Really entertaining.

pelican feeding at the entrance
About to be fed

The host feeding them was sensible enough to be wearing gloves. The pelicans were that hungry, fish pieces were sometimes snatched out of her hands before you could say the word boo. The hosts were too surprised at the amount of pelicans lining up to be fed. Some of them made their way into the audience, and on the footpath above the steps we all need to sit on if we're lucky enough to nab a seat, otherwise it is okay to stand if you're at the back.

pelican feeding at the entrance
Poor MC, his mike is not working.

The MC's microphone was not working, thereby the presentation on pelicans and their history did not eventuate. The batteries were flat on his microphone. Although free of charge to attend, donations are advised and encouraged, and you'd want to donate so they buy a new battery and/or microphone, so we can hear the presentation.

Pelicans souvenirs are also available to purchase for the kids. A great session. The one last Saturday was rather hilarious for more reasons than one.

pelican feeding at the entrance
If you're unlucky, this is how many pelicans you would normally see come feeding time

#Pelican Feeding
#Central Coast
#The Entrance
#Near Sydney
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