Pelican Feeding is the Central Coast's most
popular tourist attraction and operates 3.30pm daily, 365 days
a year come rain, hail or shine.
The pelican feeding attracts tens of thousands
of families back to The Entrance where they get an entertaining
and educated commentary about the pelicans, bird and marine life
and general information about the area.
Just over twenty years ago, the pelican feeding
started by accident when staff from a local fish and chip shop
would throw out scraps. It became such a ritual that whenever
the staff were late in throwing their scraps out, the pelicans
would cross the road and come up to the shop to be fed.
One of the main objectives of the pelican
feed is to keep an eye on the pelican's medical conditions as
many have hooks and lines tangles up in their gullets, wings
and other parts of their body. The feed is a chance for the co-ordinator
to assess their well being. It's certainly an amusing show to
come and see.
At least 1 or 2 birds a week
are removed from the water and sometimes the outcome is bad for
birds but most times its just a simple extraction of a hook and
they are on their way.
The Entrance has now been
internationally recognised as 'The Pelican Capital of Australia'
and we want you to be part of it. So when you visit us at The
Entrance be sure to wander down to the pelican pavilion on
the foreshore for an experience you will treasure.
The Pelican Feed is proudly sponsored by
local businesses within and around the Central Coast and if it
wasn't for their support and enthusiasm it wouldn't be as successful
as it is today.