Dolphin day at Fort Desoto

Dolphins were swimming all around the fishing pier in late September.

This fishing boat came close to the pier to pull up some bait fish. It became clear that these guys didn’t really know what they were doing as they ended up hitting the pier and breaking several of the the fishing poles sticking up in their boat. All of the fishermen on the pier were giving them a hard time about getting stuck. They eventually got some bait pulled up and left.

Then they went out to the tower where the pelicans were peacefully sleeping. They got too close to the tower and scared all of the pelicans away. I hope they eventually got the hang of it, for the wildlife’s sake. Never a dull moment at Fort Desoto Park.

Hanging out at the fishing pier.

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Yes, I cut off his wings.  Who cares anyway, the sandwich tern has a fish.

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The hybrid great egret/great blue heron has been hanging around the pier for a while now.

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This guy was scurrying across the pier with his stolen bait fish. It wasn’t until I got home and cropped this up that I realized he has string wrapped around his leg.

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This guy is just too pretty to be a laughing gull.

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Fish under the pier.

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The one that got away! The fisherman was bummed.

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Going fishin!

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Sandwich terns completely ignoring me.

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“Hey guys look over here.”

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Junior on the left is yelling at Mom to go get some fish.

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Here is where you can find some bait fish. A net that hasn’t been completely emptied yet.

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The laughing gulls were getting some fresh bait fish.

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The water around the fishing pier was full of tiny fish.

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Even the snowy egrets were getting snacks.

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A sandwich tern coming up empty.

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A pelican flies in to the jetty next to the pier.

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“Lady, you’re  not going to catch any big fish right there. And keep that fishing line away from the birds.”

Busy Saturday morning in early October at the fishing pier.

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Saturday morning at Fort Desoto.

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Random things around Fort Desoto.

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I found this guy on the fishing pier. I don’t know what that is sticking out of his beak. Is it a fishing hook? A fish bone? He didn’t have any trouble flying or eating.

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Someone left a fish head on the pier. The great blue heron picked it up and flew off towards the beach with it.

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What is it about sleeping birds that makes kids want to run towards them and scare them away? It’s a constant scene on the beach.

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Non flying things at Fort Desoto

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I was standing out on the north beach tip and these guys went swimming by.

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At one point I counted 4 coming up for air at one time but I think there were more.

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This one had a notch on his fin.

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The South’s Finest. Across the channel they were camping out.

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Big glop of something. Some type of jellyfish? These were all over the beach this morning.

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“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” A line from one of my favorite movies, Finding Nemo. Someone was pulling up bait fish.

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A view of the dog beach from the bay fishing pier. Dog day afternoons.

There’s always something to see at Fort Desoto Park.