Pelican sighted off Freshwater Bay
YOU DON’T SEE the national bird of Barbados every day.
In fact, you don’t see pelicans that much at all, unless you are looking at the country’s Coat Of Arms.
But now there has been a sighting, and, ironically, it has come at Independence time.
Jean Baulu, director of the Barbados Primate Research Centre and Wildlife Reserve in St Peter, was the lucky person to see the pelican in what used to be its natural habitat off the West Coast.
“It may not be the first instance that one of these majestic birds strays to our shores since Pelican Island was incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour,” Baulu said after encountering two pelicans near Freshwater Bay (just north of Brighton Beach) in St Michael.
“The small island was the only place they could thrive without rats destroying their eggs,” he added. (BA)
A PELICAN taking flight off a buoy at the West Coast.