A few more pics from yet another trip to Madivala lake on Sunday evening. One more bird ticked off on my list of known birds – The Purple Moorhen. It is quite fascinating to see the pelicans take off and land, though I didn’t see as many pelicans in the evening.
After we returned home, I switched on the tube, and with nothing much to see, tuned into Animal Planet. Just in time to see David Attenborough Presents, and strangely enough, the episode was on pelicans, in particular on how pelicans learn to “plunge dive”. Quite amazing, really. I haven’t seen that yet in Madivala lake, but the way they take-off and land, while not as sensational as the plunge dive, is just as beautiful to watch.
Pelicans, I learn, usually lay 3 eggs at a time, of which only one survives long enough to reach adulthood. The parent provides the fish initially, but food is scarce, and typically the youngest is killed by the older ones quite early, and of the older two, one gets done in by its sibling just before either learns to fly.