The Solitary Pelican

Pelican Bay, California, USA is synonymous with solitary existence. In recent months, the Pelican Bay State Prison has been hitting the news, with inmates and social activists challenging the use of isolation to hold prisoners.


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The residents of the Alahalli Lake neighbourhood in Anjanapura-JP Nagar 9th Phase, South Bangalore, have been spectators to solitary existence of a different kind. A real pelican has been observed in the lake for the past two weeks, and yes – all alone. Given its large size, it is difficult for the naked eye to miss.


Solitary Spot-billed Pelican at Alahalli Lake (Pic: Vikash Kumar)

Over the last couple of months, pelican sightings have been reported at several of the Bangalore lakes – from Hebbal and Jakkur in north Bangalore, to Agara, Madiwala and Kaikondrahalli further south.

The pelicans we see in Bangalore are Spot-billed Pelicans (Pelecanus philippensis), that are found in South Asia (including India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand). They are not really “migratory”, but have been found to move between water bodies with trees where they can roost and rest, and where they can find enough fish to eat. According to ornithologist Dr S Subramanya, there are no known instances of pelicans nesting in Bangalore. With threats to their required environment, the species has rapidly declined and is currently classified in IUCN’s Red List as “Near Threatened”.


Pelican in flight at Alahalli Lake (Pic: Vikash Kumar)

Coming back to the solitary pelican at Alahalli Lake, maybe it wandered off and got separated from the rest of its flock. It probably has enough fish to sustain, and is enjoying the time away from family and friends, having made no attempt to find them. Maybe the family will find it instead. And make this their Pelican Bay (of a different kind of course)!


Spot-billed Pelican (front), Common Coots (rear) at Alahalli Lake (Pic: Vikash Kumar)

 

Thanks to Anand Yadwad, Managing Trustee, ALNDT for sharing the news of the pelican sighting.

References:
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3812
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican

 

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About Arathi Manay Yajaman 215 Articles
Arathi is market researcher who loves to run and write. She has been actively involved in issues that affect citizens, including apartment management, waste management and lakes. She currently lives in Mumbai.

1 Comment

  1. Oh yes! I’ve been spotting these birds in Agara lake from more than a month now but I was not aware of it’s name. Thanks a lot for the info 🙂

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