Birds of prey at Fort Desoto – Skywatch Friday

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I was in the woods looking for little yellow birds and looked up and saw this kestrel watching me.

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Walking down the east beach trail, I interrupted this osprey eating his breakfast.

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I said “Relax, I’m not going to steal your stinky fish.”

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He still yelled at me. I don’t know why he picked a low branch on a busy trail during a busy spring migration weekend.

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He took off and flew around in a circle with his half eaten fish and landed on a higher up branch.

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Later that morning I was standing at the north beach roped area and was talking to some other photogs about the shorebirds all flying off and someone yelled “Look over your heads.” Duh, the shorebirds had flushed because the above juvenile bald eagle had just circled the area.

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Upclose. We think this is the new baby that was born earlier this year at the park. The eagles nest high up in a utility tower in the park. He circled around the roped off area a few times and then flew over the trees and was gone. I guess heĀ figured those shorebirds were harder to get than he originally thought.

Just a few birds I saw on my morning walk at Fort Desoto in early April.

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