Myrtle Beach Kayaking Tips and Tricks

Five Common Birds Seen on our Salt Marsh Kayak Tour

Bird (2)Booking a kayak tour in Myrtle Beach means adventure. The wild world of the coastal South Carolina ecosystem is home to hundreds of varieties of birds large and small. On our sea marsh tour, the five most commonly seen birds are the great egret, blue heron, double-crested cormorant, sea gull, and white ibis.

The great egret, also known as the great white heron, is one of the most impressive sights you will see while kayaking in Myrtle Beach. It’s white feathers stick out among the marsh grass, and it commonly peeks its head out over the grass as we paddle close to its nest. They are commonly over three feet tall with s-shaped curved necks and yellow bills they use in a dagger-like fashion to catch small fish in our waters.

The blue heron is among the largest birds you can see on our Myrtle Beach kayak tour. They can stand over four feet high and have a wingspan of over six and a half feet. Their muted, grey-blue feathers help these stealthy hunters blend into the scenery of the marsh. They are commonly seen wading in belly deep water, and are truly majestic when they take off in flight over our tours.

The double-crested cormorant  is often mistaken for a duck when we come across him on our sea marsh tour. Their feathers are either a matte brown or black (depending on the sex of the bird), and they have small heads with long kinked necks. These comedians have been known to duck under the water on one side of our kayak, and reappear on the other.

The laughing gull is one the loudest member of our sea marsh bird family. We see them in large numbers along the South Carolina coast, and they always let us know they are hear with a loud call that sounds like laughter. These birds are grey on the top, white on the bottom, and have a black hood. They are common on our docks and have been known to eat almost anything.

The last bird, the white ibis, is only common here in the south. With its white feathers, it can be commonly confused with the great egret, but there are some key differences. The bills of this bird are bright red, and down-turned at the ends. It hunts by probing the shoreline for large insects. We tend to see this bird on our kayak tour in large congregations- and sometimes they share nests with other birds like egrets and herons.

Bird watching on our kayak tours is one of the most fascinating things to do in Myrtle Beach. We would love to have you join us on a kayak tour of the sea marsh, where wildlife is abundant and amazing.


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