Pelicans. Have you seen one? These prehistoric- looking seabirds populate the island.
I know I’ve arrived when I see a pod flying overhead. It’s quite a sight. I usually notice their shadows on the sand first. Looking up, there they are, twenty or more, lying in their classic V formation.
Why do they fly this way?
“During flight, an updraft is created by the upstroke of one bird’s wing and the following bird can take advantage of this wingtip vortex to save a significant amount of energy.” (Bay Nature Magazine, April-June 2012, by Michael Ellis)
I wonder where they’re going so I decide to follow along. The day is blustery. A strong northwest breeze chills the air. Since they fly faster than I walk, I soon lose sight of them. I continue walking in the direction of the Inlet, hoping it will offer some protection from this strong breeze.
As I near the rock jetty, I don’t see the pelicans anywhere. In fact, I don’t see a single seabird. Where did they go?
I walk along the top of the jetty, the ocean to my right, the inland waterway to my left. Surf churns and crashes onto the rocks, spraying into the air in geyser- like fashion.
Wow. Water power is real.
The jetty leads to a sandy path bordered by hibiscus and seagrapes. I follow it to the Inlet Beach.
Looks who’s here!
Pelicans and...Seagulls, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants and a few birds I don’t recognize….. all perched on the rocks, out of the wind, basking in the sun, enjoying themselves.
Seabirds are wise teachers. They know how to live in balance, how to conserve energy, how to protect themselves, how to work together and live in harmony.
Their presence brings me great joy.
May they find healthier meal choices than plastic on the beaches!