The Entrance, located several miles north of Copacabana Beach, is known as the Pelican Capital of Australia. The large birds (they’re really, really big) attract tourists from all around the world, and many continue to return to the area for years to come.
Every afternoon a council official feeds the pelicans as they congregate on the jetty. During the feedings, the official assesses their physical conditions to make sure that they don’t suffer from any injuries. Sometimes fishing hooks pierce their beaks, necks, feet or other body parts or they become tangled in fishing line. If this happens, the official captures the bird and attends to its injuries. In most cases, the pelicans return to the wild on the same day.