Huntington Beach SP – The Beach & Gators
By: Pat Coate
This is the final posting on Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The park is a birders’ wonderland containing many habitats including saltwater marsh, freshwater lake, beach and wooded areas. Today’s pictures are primarily from the beach and freshwater lake.
There are about 3 miles of beach with a jetty at one end. While walking out to the jetty I came across the willet pictured above. It was interesting to watch him (or her) with his prey. First, it kept running away from a second willet that was trying to move in on its dinner. Then, when it got a moment’s respite from the competition, the willet would drop the fish into the water and pick it right back up.
This gator could reliably be found sunning on this sand bar close to the causeway. All the gators I saw were on the freshwater side, though they will cross over to the saltwater marsh.
Occasionally the gator would be joined by a bird or two.
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