From the busy buzzing bees at the apiary at Kingscote, we next ventured to the Penguin Centre of Kangaroo Island which was located just around the corner to catch the feeding of the pelicans. Unlike other more docile Australian creatures like kangaroos and koalas, pelicans are fairly gregarious and sociable birds. They can often be found flocking next to each other and either swimming or flying close to each other. Well, it was pretty fun for us to catch them fobbing each other off in their attempts to stuff their face – or bills rather – with fishes!
Here’s our story told in pictures for your viewing pleasure.
The setting at Kingscote Wharf was serene, placid and picturesque as we approached it, with the Sun low in the horizon at 5 pm.
When in doubt, just follow the crowd and we decided to make our way to the rocky outcrops here, joined by both people and pelicans alike.
Yes, there certainly is. John begins by introducing us to the world of the pelicans and their behaviours, as well as how he has to spend his own money to purchase the fishes to feed them. I suppose this is why each of us should pay A$3 to participate in this spectacle.
The feeding has begun, but wait, that isn’t a pelican that John is feeding but a skua or a petrel (I think). Anyway, the airborne avian was perched comfortably on John’s hat. Now we know what that is for!
Here’s a video showing you some of the action which I managed to capture that day:
Now you know what Charles Darwin meant by survival of the fittest!
Inspired by the spectacle of seabirds, we decided to “catch” some fishes of our own at the Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafoods.