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Pelican Feeding at Kingscote Pier, Kangaroo Island

11 March 2013 575 views 2 Comments

Pelican Feeding at Kingscote Pier, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and located in South Australia near Adelaide. It is popular for its wildlife conservation efforts with only a few thousand residents on this island. The size is of the island is larger than Singapore as I was told.

There are only two options to travel to this beautiful island and it is either by airplane or by boat. We took flew in with REX Airlines. We stayed three days on Kangaroo Island and we were amazed with some of the outstanding sceneries in this part of the region.
pelican feeding briefing
One of the highlights of Kangaroo Island is the pelican feeding session at Kingscote Pier. It is a popular activity popularised by John The Pelican Man who gave informative talk about the birds before feeding them daily at 5 pm. He has been feeding the birds for more than 15 years. The Kingscote Pier is located near the small Fishermen’s Jetty behind the Kangaroo Island Marine Centre.
pelican feeding seagull
However, we ran out of luck as John was MIA (Missing In Action) and replaced by his mate. A donation of A$5 per person applies for the food he purchased of the pelicans. I consider it a small token of appreciation.
pelican feeding time
You can find dozens of tourist comprises of family and children during the pelican feeding time. There were easily more than a dozen of pelicans and seagulls. The feeding time probably takes around 10 to 15 minutes time and it took at least half an hour with the explanatory talk.

With the backdrop of the beautiful blue sea, you must not miss the pelican feeding at Kingscote Pier in Kangaroo Island.

The Pelican Feeding Video, enjoy…

Location: Kingscote Wharf

Opening Hours: Aquarium and Penguin Tour Daily at 7pm for 7.30pm tour in winter, 8pm for 8.30pm tour in summer

Pelican feeding – daily at 5pm

Telephone: (08) 8553 3112


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  • Sean Eat Drink KL said:

    wow, very very cool! but also a bit scary, the way the pelicans swarm over the guy in such a large flock :D
    Sean Eat Drink KL´s last [type] ..Strato Italian Restaurant @ Troika Sky Dining


    Wilson Ng Reply:

    Hi Sean,

    Yes, at one point one of the pelicans actually caught the arm of the feeder. They are hungry pelicans.



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