Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The eastern brown pelican has made a remarkable comeback after facing near extinction in the 60's due to the effects of pesticides. Still classified as threatened in South Carolina, pelicans nest on remote beaches and feed in the estuaries and nearshore coastal areas.
Image ID: nerr0346, NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Collection
Location: Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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