Pel­i­can sighted off Fresh­wa­ter Bay

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

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.

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