Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Birds, Favorite Places, Hilton Head Island, My Blog, Shore Birds | 0 comments

My Hero…the Brown Pelican

Back in the 1950s when we still used the very harmful pesticides with DDT, the beautiful and resourceful Brown Pelican rose high on the endangered species list.  Our unthinking, wide use of  this pesticide nearly robbed us of a most entertaining water fowl.  Thanks to our awareness of the danger of DDT to our environment, today we see strong colonies of this shore bird.  They are the reknown “come-back kid” for us all to enjoy.  They are quite fun to watch as they fly over the water, spot a fish and dive within seconds to retrieve its dinner.  The fish is history!  I got this photo at one of my favorite birding spots in Hilton Head Island, SC.  Preparing for another short birding trip there very soon.

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