Sisters, Sun and Pelicans
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.
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.
I’m not sure how they don’t damage their wings plummeting down into the water.
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