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NeilMac



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Pigeon Control II Reply with quote

An alternative approach to pigeon control:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6083468.stm




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Pelican swallows pigeon in park

Families and tourists in a London park were left shocked when a pelican picked up and swallowed a pigeon.

The unusual wildlife spectacle in St James's Park was caught on camera by photographer Cathal McNaughton.

He said the Eastern White pelican had the unfortunate pigeon in its beak for more than 20 minutes before swallowing it whole.

An RSPB spokesman said: "It is almost unheard of for a pelican to eat a bird. Their diet should be strictly fish."

Mr McNaughton, from the Press Association, said: "The pelican was on the towpath preening itself, and there were a lot of tourists watching it.

"Then the bird got up and strolled along until it reached one of the pigeons, which it just grabbed in its beak.

"There was a bit of a struggle for about 20 minutes, with all these people watching. The pelican only opened its mouth a couple of times.

"Then it managed to get the pigeon to go head first down its throat. It was kicking and flapping the whole way down."

There are currently five pelicans living near Duck Island in St James's Park - four Eastern Whites and one Louisiana Brown.

Pelicans were introduced into the park during King Charles II's reign as a gift from the Russian ambassador.


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(does this take me off pole position for most boring post award?)

Best wishes,

Neil Mac'
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Pigeon Control II Reply with quote

NeilMac wrote:
An alternative approach to pigeon control:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6083468.stm




Quote:
Pelican swallows pigeon in park

Families and tourists in a London park were left shocked when a pelican picked up and swallowed a pigeon.

The unusual wildlife spectacle in St James's Park was caught on camera by photographer Cathal McNaughton.

He said the Eastern White pelican had the unfortunate pigeon in its beak for more than 20 minutes before swallowing it whole.

An RSPB spokesman said: "It is almost unheard of for a pelican to eat a bird. Their diet should be strictly fish."

Mr McNaughton, from the Press Association, said: "The pelican was on the towpath preening itself, and there were a lot of tourists watching it.

"Then the bird got up and strolled along until it reached one of the pigeons, which it just grabbed in its beak.

"There was a bit of a struggle for about 20 minutes, with all these people watching. The pelican only opened its mouth a couple of times.

"Then it managed to get the pigeon to go head first down its throat. It was kicking and flapping the whole way down."

There are currently five pelicans living near Duck Island in St James's Park - four Eastern Whites and one Louisiana Brown.

Pelicans were introduced into the park during King Charles II's reign as a gift from the Russian ambassador.


I'm rarely lost for words...

(does this take me off pole position for most boring post award?)

Best wishes,

Neil Mac'

Yep. As an aside, we (the armourer and I) convinced the barman who ran the tank (bar within New Scotland Yard [now a gym!]) that he could loan one of the shot guns from the armoury and shoot the birds in St. James Park. Funny how those pranks seemed hilarious at the time Rolling Eyes . I can just imagine his explanation to the parks police as he wades through the lake going after the pelicans and other exotic birds over there.

For those who haven't been, it's a little green haven next to the old Home Office, opposite buck house. Spitting distance from 'the yard.
Cheers
Mick Fidgeon:-)
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