Brown Pelicans

Hubby and I have “flown the coop”, or “migrated”, from the mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Bay region for the winter.  (Either pun works!)

We are now along South Carolina’s Atlantic coastline.  The purpose was to escape the mid-Atlantic for a warmer winter a little further south.  Well, that fell flat on it’s face at the start, we got to ride through the Nor’Eastern winter snow/ice storm that hit South Carolina hard.

Temps continue to improve.  Today was 66 degrees and gorgeous.  Yay!

Probably one of the first birds everyone sees when they reach the SC coast is the huge, bulky, yet elegant, Brown Pelican in flight.

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Brown Pelicans live along southern and western sea coasts.  They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.

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Their wingspan can reach over 6 feet (200 cm).

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Flocks (or “Squadrons”) glide above the surf, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves.

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I took all of these photos from our balcony.

Well…..I cannot end without an ‘end’ of a Brown Pelican.

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I hope to find these unique beauties perched somewhere while here for some profile shots to later share!

 

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