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.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Rare visitor to Punchakkari

Spot-billed pelican sighted twice early this week

A spot-billed pelican that was sighted in the Punchakkari wetlands.The Punchakkari wetlands, a birding hot spot on the outskirts of the capital city, are playing host to the spot-billed pelican.
The comparatively large swimming bird with webbed feet, a sub-mandibular pouch that is pink in colour, and a short, broad tail was first sighted and photographed on Sunday by S. Kumar Karamana, bird enthusiast and scientist at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Valiamala, during his visit to Punchakkari in search of birds.

Mr. Kumar, who is also a wildlife photographer, along with Biju P.B, visited the wetlands again on Monday and was able to sight the bird and photograph it .

The previous sightings of the bird here were in 2002 and 2004 during the Asian Waterfowl Census conducted by the city-based birders, the Warblers and Waders.

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