Wednesday, 28 August 2013

113. Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

Dalmatian Pelicans breed in small isolated colonies in parts of eastern Europe, as well as across Asia as far as Mongolia. Like the Great White Pelican, some of these populations are resident, and some migratory, wintering in parts of Greece, Turkey, southern and coastal parts of the Middle East and China. Compared to the slightly smaller Great White, Dalmatian Pelicans have an orange bill-pouch, which is pinkish yellow in juveniles and gets paler outside the breeding season, and unkempt tufty-looking feathers on their heads. Their pale iris gives them a less 'friendly' look than the Great White Pelican's nice beady black eye! It likes similar habitats, such as coastal lagoons, swamps, deltas and shallow lakes.

Dalmatian Pelican, ©Pbrundel, via Wikimedia Commons.

Dalmatian Pelican sketch.
I worked in this in quite a disjointed manner and didn't get it finished due to various things going a bit pear-shaped yesterday evening, that considered I don't think it's too bad.

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