This Pelican did not make it over the Railway powerlines. It had a heavy fish in
its crop and could not safely negotiate the powerlines. It was electrocuted
on 27th September 2001, between Lakeside Station and the bridge over
the Westlake/Keyser Rivers.
Possibly it was being chased by other birds there were no witnesses, this is
only an assumption. The carcass had to be carefully removed from the overhead
power lines, by Metrorail personnel.
Negoiations will take place to have reflective beacons mounted on the lines,
between Lakeside station and Steenberg station. These beacons are used
successfully at many sites where man made obstacles have been built in the
flight paths of birds. We can not afford to lose Pelicans in this way, their
numbers are vulnerable and they are listed as a Red Data
Species see the article 'Threatened Fauna and Flora of Zandvlei' in the
Spring 2001 Newsletter.