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May 18, 2011
  Three pelicans fly low over the shore waters off the Outer Banks of North Carolina on May 3, 2011.
 Of the five subspecies, these are most likely the Eastern Brown Pelican, with wingspans up to 8 feet
 and weighing as much as 12 pounds.  I watched these birds off Hatteras Island near Wimble Shoals
  in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for over 30 minutes.  They would group to the north, fly low
   over the breaking waves as they flew south for possibly a mile, then fly well above the water to the
north and start the same 'low fly' to the south once again.

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