Pelican At Bird Key

Pelican At Bird Key

While there are more than Pelicans here they are quickly forgotten in this crowd. It’s estimated about 5,000 Pelican nest here.

Make sure which direction the wind is blowing!

Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key

The island is a protected site located outside Charleston harbor.

Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key

The closest you can get is somewhere near the low tide line and like everything here the water changes quick. Probably the longest time you will be near the shore is a little over an hour.

Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key

A small boat is the only way to photograph here. This also lets the birds fly and swim undisturbed, all around you.

Pelican At Bird Key
Pelican At Bird Key

There are not many places like this to photograph and it is quite an adventure.

4 thoughts on “Pelican At Bird Key”

    1. There is a large Pelican rookery in the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay on a protected island, near Smith Island, that I’ve wanted to see by boat but too far for us and ours. Boat tours will take you by it. I keep saying, one of these days…..

    2. I jumped at the chance. A few of us hired a small 8 person boat, which was the perfect size.

      The hurricanes are changing these islands, and not for the good. This small key has had one end built up with dredged sand from the Charleston Harbor deepening project. We have raised money for repairs to a second rookery that’s almost gone. Living at sea level we see first hand how the climate is changing the way we live.

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