Food Fight! Food Fight! Food Fight... For Sur­vival

Science Illustrated - - BIRDS - Photo // Julio Lozano

Lake Kerkini in North­ern Greece is one of Europe’s most im­por­tant wet­lands, and nor­mally a bird haven to more than 3,000 dif­fer­ent species. How­ever, the win­ter of 2017 has been ex­tremely cold in Greece, and Lake Kerkini froze ear­lier and is tak­ing longer to thaw than usual. This is par­tic­u­larly hard on pel­i­cans, which alm­sot ex­clu­sively feed on fish. Each bird needs 1.2 kg a day to sur­vive. The des­per­ate birds fight over ev­ery scrap, and loudly squawk for hand­outs from lo­cal fish­er­man. Yet still, many will die be­fore spring.

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