Take an Iphone tour of Fort Desoto

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A view of the gulf fishing pier from behind the snack shop.

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A big boat coming around the corner near the fishing pier. This is the main channel where all of the boats come in heading to the port of Tampa.

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A great blue heron watching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as a storm moves in.

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Turtle nests were roped off all over the park.

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Looking out at the north beach marsh.

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Pano of the northern tip of the beach.

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A storm was moving in across the north beach.

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Standing on the bay pier, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is partially hidden by the storm.

It was nice being at Fort Desoto park before the storm came. The threat of rain had kept most people away. There were a few people out fishing on the pier but the beach was almost empty. Not many birds either. So I walked around the pier for a while and enjoyed the quiet.

Skywatch Friday

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A green heron in the backyard

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I saw this green heron standing on our dock so I ran outside with my camera. He let me get pretty close. At least halfway across the backyard.

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He jumped over to my neighbor’s seawall and started picking the bugs off the seawall. I don’t know what kind of bugs those were. They look like centipedes.

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A few late babies bringing in the rear

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The juvenile little blue heron above was testing out his wings. He was a little wobbly as he moved from branch to branch and he was flapping hard. I don’t think he was quite ready to take off yet but soon. I like the way you can see his bones in his wings. He’s still got some pin feathers underneath there.

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The ones above are still too young to be off moving around yet. They must have been the last ones born later this spring.

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There was still a tiny one.  A very late tricolored heron baby with his parent were on the other side of the alligator exhibit at Lowry Park Zoo. Another great wild baby bird season is coming to a close at the zoo.

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In the swamp

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Things I saw on a recent trip to Chesnut Park. The alligator picture was taken through the slats of the boardwalk rail so he wasn’t that close. The little bird in the bush is a great crested flycatcher.  He was across the pond so it was extremely zoomed in and cropped. I rarely see them so it was a decent find for the day.

Shine the Divine

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The Deer family

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I had a quick peep at a fawn at Chesnut Park recently. The family was heading into the woods but they stopped to check me out for a minute. They usually ignore all of the people walking by but with a baby in the group they were a little more cautious. It was great seeing the young buck at the park as well. His tiny antlers were just coming out. I don’t know how old he’ll be when he heads out on his own  I guess he’ll head north of the park to hang out with the other guys. A ranger recently told me the bucks come down in the spring to mate but don’t hang around the park long. I’ve only seen a few of them there.

Below is one of the rivers running through the park near where the deer hang out. I took this with my Iphone.

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Saturday's Critters

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More tourists than birds on the beach

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Someone should tell this grackle that she’s not a shorebird.

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“Everybody run, there’s a grackle on the beach!” said no Willet ever.

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Juvenile royal tern.

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A sandwich couple flirting. She gets a fish instead of roses and chocolates.

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Prehistoric pelicans. All juveniles that were born this spring.

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Red eyed night heron.

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Woodpecker in the parking lot.

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All of the above birds were on this busy beach. I guess they tolerate the tourists. I headed out to the beach for an after work walk. So crowded even at dinnertime.

 Skywatch Friday

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All grown up on the beach

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The baby skimmers at the nearby beach are getting big. It’s hard to believe these guys are only a few months old. As they get bigger, they get braver and start to venture out around the beach on their own. They spend more time in the water and are napping away from their parents. No more running and hiding under Mom.

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Slow morning in late July

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It’s peak dragonfly season.

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Lichen growing on top of apple snail eggs on top of an old cypress knee.

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This mom moorhen had her feet busy with these two late babies

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A red winged blackbird hiding in a fir tree.

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An anhinga posing for me.

A few things on a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park.

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A few tiny critters

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Wild critters at the zoo.

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Playing around with post processing.

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In the middle of nowhere

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Surrounded by cows and horses in central Florida.

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Mailbox on a county road.

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Cowbird in cow field.

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I think these are eastern kingbirds.

I don’t normally hang out on the side of the road watching cows. I was taking pictures of the swallow-tail kites flying over the cow fields in central Florida and started snapping pictures of things you don’t normally see in the city of Tampa.

Saturday's Critters

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