Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spot-Billed Pelicans @ Kovalam

The couple of pelicans in the photos below were shot at the backwaters of Kovalam, about 30 km from here on the ECR. Pelicans are among the many birds visit this backwater area and the ones that supposed to be migratory birds has been spotted no matter what the season was.  I have seen pelicans, painted storks and other water birds like pond heron, little cormorants, egrets… during many a time I crossed the backwaters on ECR.
Spot-Billed Pelicans @ Kovalam.
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Spot-Billed Pelicans @ Kovalam.

The pelicans that were shot from a bridge across the backwater channel on the road led to Fisher-mans cove are spot-billed or grey pelicans. The birds of large inland and coastal waters breed in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across India to east Indonesia. At the distance they are difficult to differentiate from other pelicans in the region although it is smaller the spots on the upper mandible, the lack of bright colors and the greyer plumage are distinctive at closer look.


Kovalam aka Covelong is a fishing village and holds a beautiful curvy beach, which has lately become a favourite spot for water sports and activities esp. surf! Kovalam has a surf school and conduct international surf competitions and many young fishermen from the village has transformed to surfers. 

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eileeninmd said...

Hello, Jeevan! The Pelicans are one of my favorite birds. Great sighting and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty, jeevan. i like the silvery water, too.

L. D. said...

These photos are beautiful ones. I like seeing pelicans but they only migrate through on their way to Minnesota and Canada. We have a white pelican and also a rarer brown one that comes through over on out man made lake east of us. The pelicans in the water looks so neat.

Twilight Man said...

I saw thousands of pelicans flying in South Korea during a boat cruise at the Incheon Beach. They looked beautiful in white.

Sandhya said...

We are talking about visiting Kovalam often but just postponed! Now, we have to, after seeing your beautiful pictures!

I didn't know about the surfing school also! Thank you!

Destination Infinity said...

I went to Kovalam surfing festival once. But I have not been to the backwaters area. Nice pics of the birds. Although I see them in that area, I am not aware of any names!

Destination Infinity

Pooja Mittal said...

such a claming place
Keep in touch

GreenComotion said...

Hi Jeevan,
We posted on the same bird recently - Hooray!
I have been to Silver Sands, but not to Kovalam.
It is definitely a beautiful place to visit, to see all the beautiful offerings of nature.
I love your captures.
Have a Happy Week ahead!
Peace :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of pelicans.

betty-NZ said...

I've wanted to see a pelican for myself ever since I saw 'Pete' in the old 'Flipper' series, but haven't yet managed it. So, thanks for sharing.

Indrani said...

Wonderful captures Jeevan.