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Pelican Feeding at The Entrance

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Published December 3rd 2019
Visit "The Pelican Capital of Australia"
The Entrance's waterfront transforms into a pelican fest every day, hail, rain or shine at 3:30pm sharp with an exceptional and magical pelican feeding experience.

This popular tourist attraction is entertaining as well as educational as volunteers teach you about The Entrance's pelican colony.

Volunteers explain facts about Australian pelicans, how pelican feeding started, and why it persisted to this day.

Pelican feeding began in 1979 (40 years ago) when staff at Clifford's Fish & Chip Shop fed the scraps to the pelicans every day. Jimbo's Seafood then took over the feeding by this time, and it was a tradition, as the pelicans would waddle over to Jimbo's crossing and demand their fish from staff.

Pelicans waiting patiently for a feed

In 1996, the Council built a feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza. In conjunction with the many sponsors and fantastic team of volunteers, they all made it possible to feed the pelican's whole fresh fish all year round and make it the spectacle it is today.

One of the main objections of the pelican feeding is to keep an eye out on the pelican's medical conditions, as sadly many hooks and lines tangle up in their gullets, wings, and other parts of their body.

The cute pelicans begin to arrive at shore around 2:30pm and over the hour, the pod grows more prominent, with up to 80 or so pelicans waiting on the feeding platform for volunteers to feed them.

Is it feeding time yet?

Tips for an enjoyable Show:

Keep your mobile phone hidden- these cheeky birds sometimes snatch things, and mobile phones happen to be one of them! Volunteers do warn you to put them away.

Do not eat during the show, just like mobile phones; your food will be snatched away.

Sitting at the front gives you an excellent opportunity to see the many pelicans up close, however, be prepared for wing slaps and your feet being trampled on.

The show is free, but a donation will not go astray. Donations help pay for daily fish as well as allowing volunteers to supervise the birds and check them for injury.

Try to arrive around 45 minutes to an hour early to get good seats, especially during peak times such school holidays and weekends.

Do not forget to bring your camera along.

Do not touch the pelicans; they are wild birds!

When you visit the beautiful Central Coast, be sure to head down to Pelican Plaza and experience the magic and excitement of pelican feeding.

That's all folks, shows over

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Why? A fun and different experience
When: Daily at 3:30pm
Where: Memorial Park, Pelican Plaza, off Marine Parade, The Entrance
Cost: Free
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