Crab Bank live: shorebirds get webcam

Crab Bank as it looks from the air. The new webcam will allow people to see the wild rookery.

MOUNT PLEASANT - The swarms of pelicans, black skimmers, oyster catchers, terns, egrets and heron on tiny Crab Bank just got their moment.

A live webcam feed has been installed on the bank by the South Carolina Aquarium, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Coastal Conservation League. Thousands of the birds nest on the sliver of sand at the mouth of Shem Creek off Mount Pleasant. A signature of Charleston Harbor, it is one of five publicly owned and protected rookery islands in the state for threatened species of shorebirds such as pelicans.

The bank is considered a critical, mid-state link because the masses of birds tend to move from island to island, since islands can erode year to year, and there's the annual threat of a tropical storm wiping out any of them.

To view the webcam, go to