A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?
Edward Lear, unrivalled master of the limerick, had obviously seen how much pelicans enjoy fish!
A pelican couple has made their home in Fethiye and are entertaining passers by with their fish-eating antics. Are they the same pair who came a few years ago?
A popular pair
There is distinctly fishy whiff on the Fethiye harbour walk these days, since a male and female great white pelican, named Cennet and Rıfkı have taken up residence at a café appropriately named Pelikan, and the owners are making the most of their presence by feeding them with fish.
This is not a coincidence, or the first time pelicans have come to live in this part of town. The café is called Pelikan, because pelican couples know a good thing when they see it, and has their residence of choice on this part of the promenade for years, although they have been absent for a couple of years.
The great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) breeds across different locations in south eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. As a species the habitat they favour is swampy wetlands and shallow lakes, something that Fethiye used to have in abundance but now, as the town has become increasingly urbanised and the wetlands have lost to residential development, these wise and sociable birds have found an alternative spot to spend the winter months.