Gippsland Lakes pelican spotted at Brisbane Port

One of the banded Pelicans from the Gippsland Lakes has been spotted at the port in Brisbane, meaning it has travelled more than 1,600 kilometres. 

Birdlife Australia Project Manager, Deb Sullivan, said the sighting was another exciting milestone in the project. 

“We started banding Pelicans in the Gippsland Lakes in 2018,” explained Deb. “Since this time, we’ve had citizen scientists recording the sightings of Pelicans around the Gippsland Lakes and some further afield. 

“In June last year we had Pelican #217 spotted at Soldiers Point in NSW and now this pelican has been spotted in Brisbane.” 

The Pelican was seen by a teacher with a school group, but they were unable to see the number on the band. The teacher contacted the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme to find out which project was banding Pelicans.  

We’re now asking people to share this news with QLD friends and family as finding out which pelican has made the trip will contribute vital information to our research project. 

“We don’t know if it is #217, who we nicknamed Gulliver, that has made his way up to the coast or if it is another one of our birds that has travelled up the east coast of Australia.” 

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and recommendations, people stay at home, this year’s Gippsland Lakes Great Pelican Count was postponed.  

“I was very disappointed to have to postpone this year’s Count. Not only because it is a fabulous event, but also the data that we collect on this day is incredibly valuable. 

“I’ll be getting a new date out as soon as possible, but obviously these are unprecedented times and we all have a role to play in stopping the spread.” 

To find out more about Gippsland Lakes banded Pelicans please visit or search for Love our Pelicans on Facebook to join the group.