Like most people who read Storm Boy and fell in love with Mr Percival and his Peli-pals, I love seeing these beautiful big birds in the wild.
We planned our visit to Phillip Island to coincide with the pelican feeding at San Remo.
The San Remo Fishermans Co-Op feed the pelicans each day at midday, with around 30 of the birds stopping by for lunch. The feeding lasts about 45 mins, with the fisherman giving a talk about the pelicans during the feed. (The pelicans are wild and are not to be touched.)
This guy had fun flapping that fish around in his bill until he finally managed to get it into position to swallow it - much to the envy of his friend.
Once the fish bucket is empty, the pelicans start to head back out into the water. As they reach the water's edge, their wings lift - like when you get into the cold water and you lift your arms up in the air, because the water is too cold.
I imagine the others are saying "the water's beautiful, once you're in"...
This guy didn't look convinced...
Once the pelicans are gone, it's time for some fish'n'chips for the humans.
* the seagulls do not sail off gracefully into the sea - mind your chips.
Where: San Remo Fishermans Co-Op
When: Daily at midday.
How Much: FREE to watch the pelicans (donations welcome)