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Huntington Beach SP – The Beach & Gators

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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.

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Ghost Crabs abound at low tide

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Horseshoe Crab (memorial)

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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.

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Occasionally the gator would be joined by a bird or two.

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Brown Pelican Fly By

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2 responses

  1. I love your blog! Awesome photos.

    15 November 2012 at 12:50 pm

  2. I love your blog. The photos are always amazing!

    15 November 2012 at 12:51 pm

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