A new nesting colony of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican is being formed in Bulgaria. The birds have occupied an artificial island in the Natura 2000 zone "Kalimok Complex", near the town of Tutrakan, according to the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. This is the third nesting site of this species in Bulgaria, along with those in Lake Srebarna and Persin Island (Belene).
In the beginning of December of 2020, а wooden platform was built on poles in the specially protected zone "Kalimok Complex" in order to attract the Dalmatian Pelican to nest there. That was accomplished within the framework of project "Wetlands Along Lower Danube – healthy home for pelicans and people", implemented by the Bulgarian Sciaty for the Protection of Birds (BSPB). Know-how from the island of Persin was used, where the construction of wooden islands led to the formation of two new pelican colonies in 2016 and 2020, which are currently reproducing.
The wooden construction on poles is 3 m. high, it has a total area of 32 sq.m. and three pelican figures in real size are placed on it, whose purpose is to attract other pelicans so they can claim the platform as their home as quickly as possible.
In the beginning of March of this year, a small group of 10 Dalmatioan pelicans were spotted spending the night on the platform. On April 23rd, during the daily monitoring, a total of 14 birds and three occupied nests were found on the platform. What's interesting is, that the pelicans have built their nests right next to the artificial pelican figures.
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