The pelican are very conspicous

TCD MS 10515 folio 18v

TCD MS 10515 folio 18v

[March 8th 1916]Natural History

A very few remarks on the Shatt-al-Arab. The mouth of the great river presents as far as the eye can reach on either side, the appearance of endless low-lying flats. on these congregate thousands of water fowl. I notice flocks of ducks cormorants and especially numbers of beautiful pelicans. Of the last, two species, the Dalmatian Pelican, P. Crispus and the Roseate Pelican, P. onocrotalus haunt these shores. These birds are very conspicous, their brilliant white plumage contrasting in a marked manner with the dark mud and brown sandy water. They congregate in flocks, some small, others comprised of some 50 or 60 individuals and either rest quietly on the mud banks it fish methodically in the sea. In one flock