Pelican Feeding

Linda Stewart

Of the many joys of writing is having somewhere to share your work.  Since QP’s muse recovered from a long spell of academic essays writing for the purpose to share has made me so much more mindful of my surroundings.  I have written of this before and each time we are away from home I see things that we take for granted.  We visit an attraction once or twice and yawn yawn it becomes another yadah-yadah event.  Blogging has reawakened the need to be in the moment and observing life.

Pelicans at The Entrance Feeding Time, Pencil Sketch

Pelican feeding at The Entrance on the Central Coast (New South Wales, Australia) takes place daily at 3.30pm and pulls in camera-clicking visitors from all over.  The story is that the staff at a local fish and chip shop would throw out scraps to the pelicans.  If the staff were late,  pelicans would cross the road and come up to the shop front to be fed.  That was twenty years ago.

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A group of volunteers provide a commentary about pelican life, point out the signs of the stages of development of the big birds as well as raise awareness of bird and marine life in the area.

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The Entrance is the recognised Pelican Capital of Australia.  The volunteers are there every day of the year regardless of weather conditions.  It is also an opportunity for the birds to be observed and assessed for injury.

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