Monday, 21 January 2008

Special birds: Great (Eurasian) White Pelican

This large, impressive bird Pelecanus onocrotalus has a wing-span of up to 3m. It is a gregarious species that nests in colonies and fishes in flocks. The Danube Delta in Romania is the European stronghold with over 3000 pairs breeding here on floating reed islands each year. Throughout the summer Great White Pelicans can also be seen on other wetlands along the Black Sea coast, in Romania and Bulgaria, though they do not breed there. It is a migratory species, usually arriving in April and leaving in September, and mainly follows the Via Pontica, the Black Sea coastal route. In autumn up to 15,000 birds have been estimated to pass over Bulgaria's coastline.

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