I PELICAN YOU!
They are just so adorable to ignore, so I am dedicating this blog post for my new favorite bird, aside from the Philippine Eagle (well, I am bias, lol).
After being in Central Sydney for 3 days all by myself, I got tired being a lone wolf so I moved to Gosford, NSW to visit my distant Auntie Perla, with her husband David in their beautiful farm house. I went to visit on winter season so as an Asian woman I’m still inept to the weather, just because it made me lax.
They asked me where I want to roam around, but since I am not really familiar with the countryside so they suggested that I get to watch Aussie Pelicans or known as Pelecanus conspicillatus as scientific name.
Believe it or not, it was my first time to see pelicans in my life, only until I visited Australia! See, how travel can improve your geography, and even Ornithology in an instant.
We drove nearly 45 mins to get to the Pelican Feeding Program. The show started at 3:30 PM, daily. Entrance is free, donations are encouraged to buy new ration of fish.
Over the years, Pelicans show has become synonymous to Down Under and has attracted thousands of tourists each year.
Pelican troops are mostly seen in a coastline of Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Indonesia. They are carnivores and can consume up to 9 kg of food per day, the good news is they are not picky eaters. Their population is about half a million (stats may change as you read this, I am not an expert), and can live up to 25 years! Well, that’s honor roll in their breed.
The podium was slowly filled with thrilled spectators ready to flash their camera to capture their quirks and tricks — and an estimate of 60-80 pelicans obliged waiting to be photographed.
Pelicans in my eyes are like Miss Universe Title holder – elegant, award-winning, and knows how to strike a pose on camera! Here are the proofs.
The next time you visit Australia, I highly recommend this activity — and for a moment forget the tedium of everyday life.