A pelican’s Entrance, The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Lake Macquarie @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Lake Macquarie @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The Entrance is a smallish community on New South Wales’ central coast. It is here, where the large, but relatively shallow ‘Lake Macquarie’ spills into the Pacific Ocean.

Are there pelicans here @ Lake Macquarie, The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Are there pelicans here @ Lake Macquarie, The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

With so much water around, it is quietly assumed, that there may be pelicans here.

Pelican haven @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Pelican haven @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Yes, they are! I didn’t quite assume on how many pelicans made these waterways their home.

Pelicans all around @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Pelicans all around @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The more the merrier I thought.

Close-up in black and white @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Close-up in black and white @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

I will have an even closer look on pelican’s appearance.

Bird’s eye view @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Bird’s eye view @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

A bird’s eye view, literally.

Bird’s eye view, double vision @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Bird’s eye view, double vision @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

In double vision.

Fast food options @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Fast food options @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Pelicans just love ‘fast food’.

Beak opens automatically @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Beak opens automatically @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Any nourishment that requires no more effort then opening the beak is highly priced.

Place to be @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Place to be @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

And this is the place to be for some freebies.

Mingled @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Mingled @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The daily afternoon feeding spectacle is well marked on these pelican’s senses.

Mind set @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Mind set @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

On every local pelican’s mind in fact. They weren’t shy either.

Close-up @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Close-up @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Some pelicans snapped at human spectators if they had gotten too close for comfort.  As if there aren’t enough tourists on the Central Coast already, the customary pelican feeding frenzy attracts plenty of spectators.

Close eye contact @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Close eye contact @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Word of mouth got around by both parties.

Preparing @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Preparing @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

I missed the feeding party for crowd safety reasons. This wouldn’t be much fun for me.

Lead up @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Lead up @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Regardless, I was more interested in the lead-up to this event.

Perfect light conditions @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Perfect light conditions @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Light conditions for photographic images were better at this time of day, too.

Aperture playground @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Aperture playground @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Pelicans near and far stood out perfectly for aperture. With corona virus restrictions eased that very same day, Covid-19 seemed already forgotten by the smarter party. And what a festivity it was along the bustling waterfront.

Feeding ground @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Feeding ground @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The pelicans on the other side, didn’t seem to care too much about the human cluster buster.

Corvid mingle @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Corvid mingle @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

They mingled closely together just as well.

Unsociable distancing @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Unsociable distancing @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Social distancing wasn’t on these pelican’s marbles.

Different vibe @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Different vibe @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

However, there was a different vibe at this spectacle to come.

Intriguing looks @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Intriguing looks @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

No one could escape intriguing looks.

No movement is unnoticed @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

No movement is unnoticed @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

No matter how I raised or lowered my hand, it didn’t go unnoticed. All eyes on me. One of these human creatures could just have something tasty in their hands.

Keeping an eye out @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Keeping an eye out @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

One really needed to keep a good eye out.

Two eyes see more @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Two eyes see more @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Or two.

Who’s watching who? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Who’s watching who? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Humans watching the pelicans behaviour, staring with their own two eyes. It was a bizarre scenario.

Staring Duell @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Staring Duell @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Like a giant Wild West stare-off. Who is gonna draw first? 

What was that? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

What was that? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

These eyes were magnetic to any quick manoeuvre.

Roger That! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Roger That! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

There were signalling eyes.

I need food! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

I need food! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Hypnotising eyes.

How are you doing? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

How are you doing? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Cheeky eyes.

Sooo tired! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Sooo tired! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

And a few tired eyes.

Peliying and yang @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Peliying and yang @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Ying and yangs.

Hungry eyes @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Hungry eyes @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

But most of all! Hungry eyes. Strategies were speculated.

All in position? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

All in position? @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Hidden signals were given.

The plot thickens @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The plot thickens @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

All angles were covered.

Signalling eyes @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Signalling eyes @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

As the plot thickened, there was no escape.

They’re here! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

They’re here! @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

One just needed a buzzer!

Anticipating @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Anticipating @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The anticipation from participants was unmissable, the feeding stakes are set.

Imaginary scenario @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Imaginary scenario @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

I should have chucked a few prawns in the midst of it and see how it would unfold. A hilarious thought.

Alien like @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Alien like @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

With so many yellow beacons in the air, alien shape figures appeared in the not so far distance.

Spooky @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Spooky @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

It sure looks like that on the frame.

Strange beacons @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Strange beacons @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Strange lanterns were held up in the air, moving in to all directions.

Eyeliners @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Eyeliners @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

No matter where I looked, a few eye-liners glanced at me. Alfred Hitchcock could have filmed his sequel right here, right now.

A homedy @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

A homedy @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

A horror and a comedy movie in one! A homedy!

Cool pelican @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Cool pelican @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Some pelicans played it cool and cleaned their feathery gown.

Feeding veterans @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Feeding veterans @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

These veterans interpreted this everyday procedure like a clockwork orange. It’s best to keep the trump to the very last minute.

All spots covered @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

All spots covered @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Itchy spots just needed to be looked after.

Neck shuffle @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Neck shuffle @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

There is the usual neck shuffle, a crowd’s favourite.

Dried sack @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Dried sack @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Other pelicans hung their beak sacks out to dry.

Perfect neck length @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Perfect neck length @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

An insider view of a pelican’s beak opened, which I never captured before. I knew there was a reason why the have those long necks. Perfect positioning really.

Delegated @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Delegated @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

This delegation secured a guaranteed spot on the main stage, if one could hold their feeding ground.

Watching me, watching you @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Watching me, watching you @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

You are watched nonetheless. Make no mistake.

More arrivals @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

More arrivals @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

While the more experienced pelican group kept their cool, the flock grew quicker by the minute. The sun was setting lower over the horizon, surely dinner time isn’t too far off.

Tight entrance @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Tight entrance @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The feeding watch was well imprinted in a pelican’s mind. It gotten a bit tight around the feeding grounds meanwhile.

A piece of the fish cake @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

A piece of the fish cake @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

More and more pelicans swam across for a piece of the fish-cake.

Afternoon plumage pilgrims @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Afternoon plumage pilgrims @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The afternoon plumage pilgrimage has started.

Peli-caravan @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Peli-caravan @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The peli-caravan is on its way in uncharted territory.

Spotless @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Spotless @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

But that didn’t guarantee a spot on the platform. Two dozen of early birds queued the streets already.

Tickets @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Tickets @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Parking tickets, please!

Crowd buster @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Crowd buster @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Well, my ticket expired at the same time. Way too many people cramped my social-distancing style. I should have gotten my kayak to capture this event backstage.

Sunset over Lake Macquarie @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Sunset over Lake Macquarie @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Fortunately, a spectacular sunset unfolded over Lake Macquarie not far from here.

Reflections @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Reflections @ The Entrance, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

The calm shallow waters guaranteed glorious sunny reflections.

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With a pelican’s entrance off course. 

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