Helen Reinhart reports she saw seven (7) Northern Gannets on Tuesday 2/9/16 at 11:45 a.m. off Pelican Beach near Boardwalk #9. Helen said they were “in flight up and down the beach, feeding and close enough to easily identify.”
As we reported on the sighting last week, the Northern Gannet is a large bird (Length: 37″ and Wingspan: 72″) who spends most of its life at sea. Similar to the Brown Pelican, to feed it plunge dives into the ocean from as high as 130 feet.
Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) had our kick-off meeting on January 20th with over 100 participants. Since then the SIB officers have been busy planning additional programs and events for our members.
Please mark your calendar now for our next SIB meeting which will be held on April 27th and feature a program by the Center for Birds of Prey. In fact, mark your calendar for June 22nd and for September 28th for the other two SIB meetings for 2016. All programs are planned to begin with a social at 7:00 pm and the program starting at 7:30 pm and will be held in the Live Oak Room at the Lake House on Seabrook Island, SC.
Robert Korski submitted this photograph of two Brown Pelicans taken at the bridge that crosses Seabrook Island Road between Oyster Catcher Court and High Hammock Road.
Robert said, “It was a clear blue sky and no wind in January 2015 when this picture was taken. I used a Canon 7D with Tamron lens. Focal length of shot was 270 mm (maximum for this lens) with aperture setting at 6.3 with a speed of 1/500. No post-processing (such as Photoshop).”
Thanks Robert for sharing this beautiful photograph!
Do you have a smartphone? Do you like birds? If so, you could have a chance to win a free pair of Zeiss binoculars from eBird!
Just download the FREEeBird Mobile app onto your IOS or Android device and start recording the birds you see! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete (must have estimated number of each bird species with no “X”) checklists using eBird Mobile in February. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Read more about the contest here.
We (Flo & Nancy) can personally say this is a fabulous app! It provides improved accuracy in counting, precise location selection, and overall birding information. And no more paper tracking when we get home, sometimes days later. Never used eBird? Learn all about it on the eBird help site.
Not quite sure the name of the birds you see? Another great and FREE app we recommend you load on your device is Merlin ID, found here.
Just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) next weekend, load both appson your device and start identifying and counting birds today!
Thanks to Paul Giardino for reporting a bird sighting! He and three others observed a Northern Gannet about 150 yards from shore as it floated by on the out going tide. The location was at Boardwalk #8 (“Dolphin Point”) on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm.
The Northern Gannet is a large bird (Length: 37″ and Wingspan: 72″) who spends most of its life at sea. Similar to the Brown Pelican, to feed it plunge dives into the ocean from as high as 130 feet.