Animals

By Josh Saunders


An eagle eyed photographer captured the shocking moment eight peckish pelicans battle over a tiny carp.

PICS BY JULIO LOZANO / CATERS NEWS

The hungry birds at Lake Kerkini, in Greece, eagerly snap at anything thrown to them by nearby fishermen.

With one of the coldest winters the area has seen in ten years, the lake remained frozen, which cut out a vital food supply for the Dalmatian pelicans.

PICS BY JULIO LOZANO / CATERS NEWS

Some of the birds have died from starvation and if it were not for the fisherman’s donations of small carp many more would.

Photographer Julio Lozano, 55, from Hannover, Germany, captured the ravished birds and says it was a reminder of why he is glad, ‘not to be a fish’.

PICS BY JULIO LOZANO / CATERS NEWS

Julio, a technology company owner, said: “The fishermen fed the pelicans because the frozen lake does not allow them to fish and many of them were dying.

“The low temperatures made the lake waters frozen much longer than usual, which means the Pelicans could not feed easily.

PICS BY JULIO LOZANO / CATERS NEWS

“Many of them died and only the strongest managed to overcome the weeks of low temperatures.

“Giving them food is very common, but this time their voracity is demonstrated with this photo, which is endorsed with enormous rivalry for a carp.

“When all the pelicans turned so greedily toward a single fish, I thought that many of them would not have the same fate and die of hunger.

“It was not a simple photo, eight Pelicans fighting for a single fish and all in the same direction and angle

“It was the right time when all the pelicans had the same goal, usually only one or two usually go for the same fish.

“I don’t want to be a fish.”

To see more of Julio’s work, visit here.