A view of the gulf fishing pier from behind the snack shop.
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.
A great blue heron watching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as a storm moves in.
Turtle nests were roped off all over the park.
Looking out at the north beach marsh.
Pano of the northern tip of the beach.
A storm was moving in across the north beach.
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.
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.
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.
Someone should tell this grackle that she’s not a shorebird.
“Everybody run, there’s a grackle on the beach!” said no Willet ever.
Juvenile royal tern.
A sandwich couple flirting. She gets a fish instead of roses and chocolates.
Prehistoric pelicans. All juveniles that were born this spring.
Red eyed night heron.
Woodpecker in the parking lot.
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.
It’s peak dragonfly season.
Lichen growing on top of apple snail eggs on top of an old cypress knee.
This mom moorhen had her feet busy with these two late babies
A red winged blackbird hiding in a fir tree.
An anhinga posing for me.
A few things on a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park.
Wild critters at the zoo.
Playing around with post processing.
Surrounded by cows and horses in central Florida.
Mailbox on a county road.
Cowbird in cow field.
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.