Pelicans settle in at St James's Park

Three young pelicans have taken their first swim in public in St James's Park.

The trio of great white pelicans have officially moved to the lake near Buckingham Palace.

A gift from the city of Prague, they traveled 800 miles to their new London home and spent two months in a special enclosure as they acclimatised to their new surroundings.

The birds join another three pelicans (which are all over 20 years old) already living on the lake.

The pelicans take to the water. Credit: ITN
The birds have been donated to the park by the city of Prague. Credit: ITN
They have spent two months in a special enclosure as they acclimatised to their new surroundings. Credit: ITN
The lake in St James's Park is close to Buckingham Palace. Credit: ITN
The three birds have traveled 800 miles to their new home. Credit: ITN

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St James's Park pelicans

Three young pelican's have taken their first swim in public, in St James's Park.