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Sisters, Sun and Pelicans

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Myrtle Beach with my sisters
me, Vicki, Kathy, Lynda

By: Pat Coate

I recently spent a weekend in Myrtle Beach for an annual get together with my sisters (our 10th such outing). We packed a full weekend in with lots of eating, little sleep, walks on the beach, hiking and birding at Huntington State Park and Murrells Inlet, zip lines, shopping, laughing, and just a bit of brother bashing.

The non-birding sisters were pretty tolerant with the birding sisters and we saw some good birds and bird behavior. One of the birding highlights was the brown pelicans we saw flying low over the ocean, diving down to feed, and perched on the docks at the salt marshes in Murrels Inlet.

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Brown Pelicans (immature) Myrtle Beach

We watched a group of about 12 pelicans taking turns flying up and diving down to feed. These two are immature based on their brown heads and white underparts.

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Brown Pelican (immature) diving down to feed

I’m not sure how they don’t damage their wings plummeting down into the water.

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Brown Pelican (adult, winter plumage)

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Brown Pelican (adult, winter plumage) at Murrells Inlet

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Brown Pelican (adult) diving to feed

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Brown Pelicans flying as the sun sets

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9 responses

  1. Lynda

    Love the diving shots Pat! And the photo of the one sitting on the post is beautiful!

    18 November 2010 at 7:51 am

  2. Jim

    Brother bashing, you say??!!

    18 November 2010 at 2:52 pm

    • Pat

      Hi Jim,

      Just a test to see if you read the blog! (And clearly it would be the other brother we would be bashing!)

      20 November 2010 at 9:46 am

      • Jim


        I’m a definite fan of this blog and your contributions to it, but it took a comment like the one in your latest posting to get me to actually leave a reply!


        21 November 2010 at 7:25 pm

  3. Frank J Voelker

    Great shots!

    18 November 2010 at 4:25 pm

  4. I love pelicans, and I love the images you captured while you were on your get-away trip with your sisters. You all look alike! What fun you must have had. I know all about the tolerance a non-birder has to have! I’m visiting my daughter, and as long as I stick with the bigger species, she can handle it (except when we are driving and I want her to stop!). ~karen

    18 November 2010 at 4:29 pm

  5. Those pelicans are truly beautiful birds. They have a ‘regal’ look! Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing them.

    18 November 2010 at 6:37 pm

  6. Marg

    What wonderful pelican shots! I love pelicans!

    and your sisters look wonderful-no way-brother bashing? how could that be? 😛

    20 November 2010 at 11:27 am

  7. vicki

    You take amazing pictures! You even made us look good! 🙂

    20 November 2010 at 11:48 pm

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