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On September 16th 1998, a Great White Pelican arrived on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
At the time I was sure it was an escapee from a captive collection. Usually this happens at the time of the annual moult in August/September.
What I hadn't anticipated was just how far this particular bird had travelled.
I ran through in my mind a list of possible collections it might have come from and I decided it must have come from a non-publicised, private collection.
Last Friday, just when the SSPCA were about to send the bird south from Glasgow Airport to Regent's Park Zoo in London, he was claimed by the Ballaugh Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man.


Pelicans in London Behaving Naturally

Anyone visiting the southern states of America , such as the Carolinas, Florida or Louisiana, will see more pelicans than they ever thought existed.

They sit around on the sand banks in herds like flocks of seagulls we are more used to seeing over here in Scotland. They eat virtually anything thay can catch, skimming over the waves like Pterodactyls .

That's why the fuss caused when Percy one of the Queen's pelicans in St. James's Park, London, devoured a moor hen in front of a group of American tourists from Louisiana, amazed me.

At the zoo, our pelicans regularly caught doves and sparrows and there was nothing you could do to stop them as they found anything small passing by irresistible.
Pelicans have been kept in St. James's Park since the 1660s when the Russian ambassador presented a pair to Charles II.

At least 40 have been kept in the park this century and most live 20 or more years. Each receives about 5lb of fresh fish daily.