Monday, 17 November 2008

Special birds: Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus is by far the rarer of the two pelican species found in Europe. It is slightly larger than White Pelican, is overall greyer, dirtier and lacks its relatives pink skin patch around the eye. Adults have a curly crest on the nape and a red thoat sac. In flight its pale grey underwing, lacking strong black on the flight feathers, is distinctive. Dalmatians do not feed in flocks and are generally more solitary than White Pelicans. The best places to look for this rare bird are the Danube Delta and other wetlands on the Romanian and Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

1 comment:

Aubidaded said...

That's actually pretty funny because I remember this one time I went on a family vacation and on this family vacation while being in San Francisco I took a steady picture of a seagull that was simply standing still. And right before I took the picture Mr. Seagull here decided to spread its wings and take off! But... Little did the bird know I took probably the nicest picture in the world of the seagull in mid air with wings completely expanded in mid flight. Sounds cool ey?? :)
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