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.