Brown Pelicans

Castle Pinkney, Charleston

I went on the Baby Pelican Cruise with Coastal Expeditions on Friday, leaving from Daniel Island on the Wando River side down to the New Crab Bank just off Shem Creek.

Shutes Folly is a small island in the Charleston harbor channel, easily seen from the Charleston Waterfront Park and from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. The island has been various things over the years with the first fort constructed in 1810. The island is slowly being washed away by storms and the existing brick structure, Castle Pinckney, is falling apart.

Castle Pinckney, Charleston Harbor
Castle Pinckney, Charleston Harbor

Birds are very adaptive, several of the lookout windows were occupied by Snowy Egrets.

Snowy Egret Nesting in Castle Pinckney, Charleston Harbor
Snowy Egret Nesting in Castle Pinckney, Charleston Harbor

The mature adult Brown Pelicans have white heads, the all white youngster in the middle of the next image is this year’s chick. The parents and other adults in the community keep a close watch on the chicks that do not fly until they are at least nine weeks old.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans on Shutes Folly

Charleston Harbor, SC
June 23, 2023

2 thoughts on “Castle Pinkney, Charleston”

    1. Yup! The naturalist on my trip told a funny story about one of the islands owners a long time ago trying to grow oranges there! It was small even then and surrounded by salt water, that alone makes it unlikely to succeed.

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