Brown Pelican – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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The Eastern Brown Pelican is very common along the South Carolina coastline, and is the only pelican in the world that is not white. This beautiful bird was hanging out on a pier in Myrtle Beach in December 2009.
Brown Pelicans once nested along coastal areas from Mexico to North Carolina, but today they only nest in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. The Deveaux Bank Heritage Preserve within the ACE Basin is a very popular nesting spot for the pelicans.
Joanna Thurman captured the great shot above, and says that she “much prefers winter at Myrtle Beach to summer, as one is more likely to have close encounters with visitors of another type, such as this Brown Pelican. I always carry a little camera in my pocket, and this day it paid off by providing me with a very fond memory. I chuckle every time I look at it because the bird was such a character.”
Dawne Dunton, who captured the shot above, describes the scene like this: “On this day I was taking a lot of
photos of Clyde, the mascot of the Springmaid Pier. Unfortunately, I had no treats for him and I think he was getting a little irritable with me, he kept peeking over his shoulder at me probably wondering when I was going to leave him alone.”
Dawne recalls the day she snapped the shot above, “Clyde let me get a little closer and I believe this is his best side. Ready for my close up, I think is what he’s saying with this look. He is a beautiful bird.”
Learn more about the Eastern Brown Pelican.