As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 6 December 2013

Eight-year long wait: 30 rare white pelicans pay surprise visit to Sandspit

KARACHI: The arrival of over 30 young pelicans on the backwaters of Karachi in Sandspit on Saturday has been termed a good sign by environmentalists and wildlife experts.

Earlier, pollution and hunting practices had pushed the species out. The dalmatian pelican or white pelicans, one of the three kinds of pelicans, were seen on Sunday evening at the Wetland Centre of the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan (WWF-P). Their exact number is not known but WWF-P officials believe the count is over 30.

These rare birds are believed to be restricted to a few Central Asian countries. The white pelicans are threatened species but they visit different countries, including Pakistan, during the winter season.

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