site.btaFirst Dalmatian Pelicans Hatch in Kalimok-Brashlen Protected Site
The first Dalmatian pelicans hatched in the Kalimok-Brashlen protected site, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) announced on its official Facebook page on Friday. The hatching was noticed during the regular monitoring of the species.
Hatchlings can be seen in a video recorded by Damian Petkov - two at about a day old and a third a few days old, BSPB explained. The parents take turns to keep the hatchlings warm.
The total number of nesting pelicans in the protected site is now 79. Two years ago there were only two nesting pairs and last year they were 30.
BSPB noted that pairs of Dalmatian pelicans have nested on fallen willows near the new nesting platform, which was built in December last year. Experts from BSPB, Persina Nature Park Directorate, Rusenski Lom Nature Park Directorate, Tutrakan Tourism Development Association, and Wild Bulgaria Association were involved in its construction.
The peak days for the spring migration of the white stork are between March 20 and 25, BSPB also said. A flock of 20,000 storks passed over Burgas on March 24.