I had read about the rare horned lark at Fort Desoto on a Saturday night on the Florida bird postings. He was seen somewhere between the north beach sanctuary and the fishing pier. The next morning I said “Hubby, let’s go to the beach.” The lark just happened to be in the spot where we have our lunch picnic when we go to the beach so it was convenient. I told him I was really going to find a bird. I showed him a picture of one and he says “How are you going to find that little bird in that big park?” Doesn’t he know yet? Just look for the other photographers. I’m not that early a riser so I’m usually not the first one there. We walked out on the beach and saw a few people with their long lens down a little ways. We found him right away. He didn’t seem to be very skittish. He wandered around the dunes for a while. I had read that he was there for at least a week. He was limping on one leg so the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary was called. I read on their facebook page that they went out and looked for him but never found him. No one had reported anything else so he must have moved on. He was a beautiful bird!
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What a beauty! Congratulations on these great shots.
He’s a very beautiful and very brave bird, Dina. In the last photo it looks as if his right foot is injured, but he braved predators and humans and stayed on the beach for a week. Good for him, and good for you to get these lovely photos.
He’s just beautiful!! Great shots. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
That is so cool that you found him! Smart to follow the other photographers. “How are you going to find that little bird in that big park?” that’s what I would have asked, too.
What a find and some beautiful photos as well.
Great pictures – especially as it was a first for you as well. I did like the comment about how to find the bird! SM
Very cool! I have been looking for a horned lark all summer. 🙂
“Just look for the other photographers.” That totally cracked me up!
Great photos of a beautiful bird. I had a chuckle at your idea of finding the other photographers in order to find the bird!
This little lark has amazing colour tones round his face! Quite striking! Beautiful photos!
Congratulations on the Horned Lark! Those are gorgeous shots!