Wednesday, October 25, 2006
In the strange bird behavior department comes this story about a pelican struggling with a frantic pigeon in its beak for more than 20 minutes before swallowing it whole.
The moment was caught on camera by photographer Cathal McNaughton, who was taking pictures of the wildlife in St James's Park.
Not surprising if you remember the old poem...
A wonderful bird is the Pelican,
His bill can hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
-- Dixon Lanier Merritt -- (but often incorrectly attributed to Ogden Nash)