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At the beach

The black bellied plovers are really pretty in the summer. And so are the ruddy turnstones. The sanderlings are also sporting their summer colors. Grumpy snowy egret. Sleepy cormorant. At the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.  

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An afternoon walk on the fishing pier

There were not many birds on the beach near the pier.  A few laughing gulls and this lone black bellied plover. Looks like this is a couple of laughing gulls flirting. The rare hybrid great blue heron/great egret made an … Continue reading

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Morning walk on the beach

Young royal terns and sandwich terns were yelling at the parents to get them fish. Ghost crab on the beach. Sandwich terns showing off. Young black bellied plovers. I’m not sure if they were fighting or  playing. Ibis looking for … Continue reading

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Broken shells and shorebirds

Sanibel Island has a reputation for having a lot of shells on the beach. People come to visit to go shell hunting. We must have been there during a down time because all of the beach looked like the above. … Continue reading

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End of summer at Fort Desoto??

A sanderling in the sea grass at low tide. Black bellied plovers at different stages of molting. The one in the top picture has more black feathers and is still in his summer colors. The bottom one has lost most … Continue reading

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On the beach at Fort Desoto

The usual things you see on the beach at Fort Desoto Park.

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Summer at the beach

A black bellied plover eating something gunky. Some of the resident oystercatchers. A sandwich tern flying by. “Got a light?” More laughing gulls. Trying to get a fish. Typical Florida shot. Dowitcher looking for snacks. One of the red breasted … Continue reading

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Saturday morning at Fort Desoto.

This black bellied plover was washing his face. Is this a Cooper’s hawk or a northern harrier?  It was flying across the north beach. White pelicans all in a row. Stumpy getting a snack. The osprey was not going to … Continue reading

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Fort Desoto in mid-May

Lots of black bellied plovers on the beach. Tiny Wilson’s plover. Gimpy, one of the resident oystercatchers was watching me as looked for food. A pretty red breasted merganser coming up for air. I think this is a white eyed … Continue reading

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On the beach in early August

A great egret getting a fish. Sanderlings running around as usual. Willet taking off. There’s usually a reddish egret on the beach. Tiny plover showing off his crab breakfast. The beach was full of plovers this morning. A marbled godwit … Continue reading

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