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Thanks BeeBalm, ACJD, David, KMunroe, SurfnRon, KCollett, Codroy, and Treebeard for the kind words.
For those of you who thought the shots were too centered -- I agree! I wasn't thinking enough about composition when I cropped. It makes perfect sense to have more space in front of the bird.
Also, Treebeard -- yes, I think you were the person who told me about Pawley's Island and Huntington Beach State Park. My wife and I visited BrookGreen Gardens too (between Pawley's Island and Murrell's Inlet), which is a lovely place filled with fantastic sculptures and beautiful gardens. They have a couple of aviaries there, which I'm not fond of. The aviary containing herons (and other large birds) is way overcrowded, and I did not take any pictures there. It was too much like shooting fish in a barrel.
One very cool place we visited, also, was Audubon Swamp Gardens inside Magnolia Plantation (about 18 miles NW of Charleston). One area within Audubon Swamp Gardens has some nesting Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. In one large tree I counted about a dozen GBH nests. There's also a pond there that has various types of ducks and other birds. My wife and I would like to go back there soon.
The pelican pictures I posted here were taken at Crescent Beach (south of St. Augustine) and at a lagoon within Hunting Island State Park (near Beaufort, SC).