Friday, August 03, 2007

Pelicans!

One of our favorite beach pastimes is pelican watching. Hilton Head is chock full of these beautiful, prehistoric looking birds, who spend the day gracefully gliding and flapping above the shoreline and occasionally dive bombing the water in search of a fish dinner (cool...there went one just this second!).

One of the things we like to do, for some reason, is count the number of pelicans in each "pack" (our term!). What you see in this picture is a "12-pack." Our all-time record is something like a 43-pack, which is going to be tough to beat...we'll keep trying, though!

~Steve

PS: Just after writing this, we had a close encounter with a small group of pelicans who were skimming just over the surface of the water, right past where we were swimming. That was a chance to see how big these birds actually are, as well as how fast they fly.

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