Depressed Pelican Eats Pigeon

Loads of you sent me this. Horrific:

Click on this link for the full story.

Turns out the pigeon’s name was Alf and he only got in for the ride, which is probably why he’s looking reasonably comfortable in the pic. In fact, I’d go as far as to say he looks positively excited.

Climbed in on the promise of a ‘view of the park’, apparently. A short-lived promise rudely interrupted by being swallowed, whole. What the fuck?

Turns out Derek, the pelican in question, had been suffering from depression for some time. He thought ‘stay low’, which sadly turned out to be Alf’s last request based on his love of 1940s War Movies, was Alf saying ‘swallow’.

Not good, especially if Derek spreads the word that Alf, bar the feathers, turned out to be the tastiest afternoon snack he’d ever had.

October 26, 2006. Uncategorized.


  1. Annie - London Underground Blog replied:

    As one of the people who sent you this link, I knew that you would have the low-down on the real story. Just pleased that it wasn’t you mate as that was my main worry.

  2. pigeonblog replied:

    Hey Annie: No – no-one knew Alf. Apparently he was a bit of a loner and used to hang out with the pelicans quite alot… I’m guessing any other pigeons out there with similar fancies are thinking again!
    Your pal Bri

  3. kurt replied:

    shoot the pelican

  4. RoooRoooo replied:

    Could it be that after hawks, Ken & co. are now hiring pelicans? Ghastly!

  5. Elf Mandinio replied:

    as yes, i got sent this link as well! Tragic, truely tragic. If i had have been there, i wouldnt have taken a pic, i would have attacked the pelican and made it spit him out! Gah! Anyway, did you see that programme on channel five a couple of nights ago, called ‘Paranormal pigeons’?

  6. pigeonblog replied:

    Kurt: I heard there’s a death threat out there already and he’s gone into hiding.
    Your pal Bri

    RoooRoooo: Nice theory – maybe it was a hawk disguised as a pelican?!
    Your pal Bri

    Elf Mandinio: No – I didn’t see the prog but a pal who was in it told me all about it. He was one of the poor fucks flying around looking for his house for 48 hours. Jesus. How did they expect that not to seriously mess with a pigeon’s head? Imagine if you came home one day – and your house simply wasn’t there anymore? Not funny. Not even slightly.
    Your pal Bri

  7. Nathalie replied:

    Hi, just visiting from Sydney Australia because Ham, a fellow city daily photo blogger from London recommended your site. 2 things to say :
    1. I posted a pigeon photo today that you might want to have a look at and
    2. re your post 28 Aug, I wonder if your mysterious American pigeon could be an Australian crested pigeon. I’ve seen heaps of those here. Check out for more photos.

  8. pigeonblog replied:

    Nathalie: Cheers for the link! Say ‘hi’ to Ham too! London rocks, doesn’t it? Mind you – isn’t it nice and warm in Oz at the mo…?
    Your pal
    Brian P

  9. Howell the Pigeon replied:

    Everything is on youtube these days…

  10. pigeonblog replied:

    Howell the pigeon: Jesus Christ! Scary shit. I reckon this is Derek at it again! Cheers for the link – disturbing though it is!
    Your pal Bri P

  11. CandyShopGirl replied:


    What do you think about Tokio Hotel? >:)

  12. Pigeon Dices With Death « Pigeon Blog replied:

    […] Jesus Christ. Clearly a pigeon with one fuck of a deathwish, either that or he’s never heard that pelicans have been known to eat pigeons for breakfast, particularly thos… […]

  13. Introducing ‘The George Report’ | Pigeon Blog replied:

    […] Unlike me, Mart seems to have settled here better than anywhere else we’ve lived. He told me the best bit was the fact all the birds have learned to speak eachother’s lingo. Initially this sounded like my idea of hell, until I thought about it. Unlike London where there are so many pigeons no-one gives a shit about communicating with any other bird, down here that isn’t an option. Birds need to talk to each other, simple as, and with that comes a whole new level of integration. Swans talk to ducks. Ducks talk to seagulls. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, the fact that a sparrow can be friends with a chicken (yep – it’s true), but that’s how it is. So much for multicultural London. What I’ve learned since being here is big Cities can be the least culturally mixed places on earth. Okay, so there are loads of different versions of bird, but everyone sticks to their own, and with that comes a lack of trust and understanding. I’m sure if the pelicans in Hyde Park had got to know the pigeons a bit better there would never have been that horrible mix up where Derek got swallowed (click here for the full story). […]

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