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Pelican Feeding at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published October 20th 2011
At 5pm nearly every day a strange experience awaits at the shores of kingscote on kangaroo island.

Armed with a tub of huge fish and squid, a man approaches and a flock of hungry seagulls and pelicans arrive. Sitting on bleachers, the birds swoop overhead (yes, a hat may be a helpful thing in this case, those pelican droppings can be pretty large and splattery).

Thus begins a really entertaining and informative talk.
He shares with us about the life of seagulls and pelicans, all intertwined with bird feeding, squabbles and wild snatching of fish from the tub.

Most of the talk a seagull is perched upon his hat, eagerly awaiting its treat.
At the end of the talk a really large fish is left over, he tosses it to a pelican, it's beak bulges down with the huge fish hanging low.
It tries and tries to swallow it but another pelican has caught sight of the huge treat.
Rushing over, the second pelican snaps its beak around the first, both kind of claiming ownership of the fish and there they stand - beak locked.

They waddle into the audience and the stairs still with intertwined beaks.
It's a waiting game to see who can claim ownership of the prize, eventually one slips ever so slightly and the huge fish, slides into the beak of the other where he stands trying to swallow a fish almost the size of his enormous beak.

Adults and children alike are fascinated by the seemingly impossible task of the bird securing his dinner.

The man then explains how he will throw the entire remains of the tub into the ocean. With a large toss, the sea is filled with pelicans and gulls all squawking and fighting for their meal.

The crowd clap and ooh and ahh at all the right places.
The nightly show is over for another evening, toss $4 adults and $3 children into the waiting hat on your exit and you will have some great memories.

Remember to bring your camera and watch your step.

Just go to the shores of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, you'll see the signs to the pelican feeding.
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Why? Really funny to watch, the kids will love it too
When: 5pm daily
Where: Kingscote waterfront, kangaroo island, south australia
Cost: $3
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