Single White Pelican

American White Pelicans tend to feed in groups, probably gaining an advantage of any fish their neighbor stirs up. This fellow swam away from the group into a spot where the fall colors from the tree line reflected in the shallow water. I believe the rougher water beyond the bird is deeper and has some flow as it heads into a canal.

Fishing White Pelican
Fishing White Pelican

His feeding style was more scooping along the water surface, and less plunging of his full head.

Fishing White Pelican
Fishing White Pelican

He seemed to be successful.

Fishing White Pelican
Fishing White Pelican

Plover at Sunset

The Merlin Bird ID App says this is most likely a Black-bellied Plover, or possibly an American Golden Plover. South Carolina is well within the winter migration range of both species and both sport a “black belly”  during breeding season which happens in the arctic tundra.

Plover in the Surf
Plover at the Surf’s Edge

The sun was almost down, creating a pink reflection in the receding Atlantic surf.

Plover in the Surf
Plover in the Surf

The Plover came a bit closer to me as I waited watched the sun go down.

Plover
Plover

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

A pair of Roseate Spoonbills approached the pond where I was watching the White Pelicans and dropped low for a landing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By
Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

I focused on the bird in the lead as he circled towards the back of the pond.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond

He kept right on going passed a Great Blue Heron.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond, Great Blue Heron Watching

The pair landed with a couple of White Ibis and immediately began feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbills with White Ibis pair

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019