Pelicans in the Wild

“Everything needs to grow wild, but it takes time to see the beauty.” – D. Agustin

Everyday at 12 noon you can get close to the pelicans of Phillip Island (southeast of Victoria) with the daily feeding on the foreshore next to the San Remo Pier. Because these are wild animals, the number of pelicans can vary from 5 up to 35 depending if they had a feed somewhere else,I guess.

The hungry birds are being fed by the San Remo Co-op daily. The purpose is aside from feeding and entertainment, is to educate the public about the Pelicans, their diet, lifestyle and how to improve their environment as well as of other similar species.

The Pelicans waiting patiently for their food while the person in charge explained about them.

The pelicans are wild so them roam around the jetty looking for food. Some may come near you and may look scary because they stare at you directly, but they say that Pelicans are harmless.

It is said that the age of the Pelicans are determined by the colour of its feathers. The darker it is the older the bird is.

For Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Pelicans In the Wild


  1. Alison says:

    Great minds Teresa, I have just posted pelicans on Philip Island too, you have some lovely ones here

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yeah? I bet you have amazing photographs, Ali. But it’s still not appearing in mine. I will wait for it. Thanks my dear.

      1. Alison says:

        I hope you see it soon then 😀

        1. Teresa says:

          I see your post, but did you link it to the challenge? that is the one that I don’t see.

          1. Alison says:

            Oh no I didn’t link it as there was too much other stuff on there

          2. Teresa says:

            Oh that is why. But because I don’t see my pingback there too. Maybe she hasn’t approved mine yet…I will look again tomorrow. Have a good night.

          3. Alison says:

            I just saw your post not the challenge it came from!

          4. Teresa says:

            Thanks will check it later, Ali!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos, Teresa!

    1. Teresa says:

      It’s my pleasure Dan…wonderful creatures!

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Such an interesting choice for the week Teresa. We can only hope those who feed them don’t give up on them as they are clearly depending on the easy source of nourishment!

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes, they are there everyday. But they only feed a bucketful a day so it’s really not enough…the pelicans feed in the wild. Thanks for the comment Tina!

  4. I love this Teresa! Awesome birds and great photos!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot Lisa!

  5. Ju-Lyn says:

    A great educational service! And such an opportunity to see them up close! Are their beaks lavender?

    1. Teresa says:

      They are yellowish, sort of pinkish, whitish depending on the age of the pelican. Maybe it looks lavender in my photo because of the different casts of sunlight.

      1. Ju-Lyn says:

        Isn’t light an amazing natural filter? Thanks for clarifying the colours of these amazing birds!

        1. Teresa says:

          I just don’t know if I explained that well, Ju-Lyn. haha

          1. Ju-Lyn says:

            You did, Teresa! thank you.

  6. Beautiful images of these amazing, Pelicans.

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad that you liked the images that I have here.

  7. sami veloso says:

    Such amazing birds. We also saw a colony of pelicans that get fed daily on the north coast of NSW.

    1. Teresa says:

      That’s nice … and very entertaining too!

  8. Amy says:

    Your series are so wonderful, these made me smile! 🙂 Beautifully captured, Teresa!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Amy…they are in the wild but I guess they are used to people so you can go side by side with them and not be afraid. Have a great day my friend ❤️

  9. ramblingranger says:

    Love your pelican post, Teresa, especially the feature shot of all the beaks!

    1. Teresa says:

      Yay… glad that you liked it. I am not a wilderness person so I struggled to find photos. I really, really love your photos. Thanks for sharing.

  10. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Teresa. A wonderful post. I love it. I’ve never seen pelicans up close before. I love the colorful beaks!

  11. JohnRH says:

    Oh those wascally pengwens. You could put an eye out with that thing! Excellent photos.

    1. Teresa says:


      1. JohnRH says:

        Pengwens?! What am in not thinking 🤔! They’re pelikwens!!!

        1. Teresa says:

          Haha yes that’s it!

  12. Hammad Rais says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this. As soon as the restrictions in my city are lifted, I will take my son to a local park, where there are plenty of pelicans.

  13. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Wonderful images Teresa and so lovely to see the sweet pelicans up close. Whenever I’ve encountered them in the wild they were always kind and friendly 💜

    1. Teresa says:

      That’s nice of them. I think they’re really friendly tho they’re wild.

  14. Marsha says:

    It is indeed the Age of the Pelicans through the eyes of your lens. It’s amazing that you got a picture of the yellow tip of its beak. This was a perfect theme for wild pelicans. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      It’s a pleasure sharing it Marsha. At first I really wasn’t gonna post anything because I know that I am not a wilderness person… but then I remembered that Pelicans are wild animals …so there you go.

      1. Marsha says:

        There you go!!! It looks like you’ve never met a pelican you didn’t like.

        1. Teresa says:


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