Another Saturday morning walk at the Fort Desoto fishing pier

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I caught this kestrel flying over my head.

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He flew over to the top of a pine tree.

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Then a frigatebird flew close to the pier.

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A juvenile hawk.  He let me get pretty close.

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The young reddish egret is still hanging around the pier. I’m beginning to wonder if this is a hybrid of some sort. Is it an offspring of a reddish egret and a white morph reddish egret?

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A cormorant preening on a light post.

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The osprey  couple that nests near the Fort were hanging around together. If this warm weather keeps up this December, nesting season will be starting much earlier this year.

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A usual sight at the pier. A big boat passing the lighthouse at Egmont Key.

Just another perfect day at the beach. SkyWatch Friday

A common bird in the Tampa Bay area

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The osprey (or fish hawk) is a fairly common bird here At least for me. I see them in my neighborhood, on the bridges to and from work, in the parking lot at work and most of the parks that are near water. I was walking the trail at the east beach at Fort Desoto looking to see if the owls were back and all I could find were osprey. There are several nests along this trail that sits right on the beach so you can always find several here.

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I watched the osprey fly off the branch and circle over my head.

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As she was heading toward the water, I thought she was going to grab a fish. Instead she just landed on the edge and stayed there for a few minutes.

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Then she took off and fly far down the beach. Oh well.

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Now it’s just me and another common bird, the boring ole great blue heron out on the beach.

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And a big boat cruising by.

No luck on the owls yet but it’s very early.

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Saturday morning walk on the fishing pier

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Another sighting of the juvenile reddish egret. He’s just a little bit bigger than when I saw him a few weeks ago.

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The juvenile osprey flying by the pier.

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Great blue heron flyby.

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Black skimmers cruising by the fishing pier.

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Ghost crab.

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A really big boat.

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In the shadow of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

A sunny morning at Fort Desoto before the summer rains started.

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A walk on the fishing pier

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The snowy egrets are always putting on a show at the fishing pier. They are hanging around waiting for the fishermen to turn their backs on their bait buckets so they can steal the little minnows. Sometimes the fisherman will clean their fish on the pier and the egrets try to steal the scraps. There are signs saying not to throw the scraps in the water or to the birds but some people still do it. Then the ones that don’t are annoyed by the birds being aggressive.

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A sting ray cruises by the pier in the shallow water.

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Dolphins feeding around the pier.

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Looks like he caught a little shark.

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It was a beautiful morning to watch the big boats from the pier at Fort Desoto.

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Looking for a bird at Fort DeSoto – Skywatch Friday

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Not the bird I was looking for. This osprey right next to the boat ramp did not want me to steal his fish.

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This could have been the bird I was looking for but as he got closer I realized it wasn’t a great cormorant but just an ordinary double crested cormorant. This one flew over my head and was full of fishing wire.

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Downtown St. Petersburg from the boat ramp.

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Still not the bird I was looking for, this spotted sandpiper was trying to hide in the weeds that had floated up on the beach.

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No great cormorant on this side of the park. Only shorebirds and gulls.

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Maybe he hitched a ride on one of these boats.

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Back in mid-December I had heard there was a rare great cormorant hanging around the boat ramp at Fort Desoto. This would have been a first for me so I finally made it down to the park after work on the night before Thanksgiving. It had been raining for days and it was nice to see blue skies again. This was my first of 3 trips looking for this silly bird with no luck. Hopefully he will show up when I least expect it.

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Growing in the backyard

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This is my view looking out the kitchen window. Our neighbor’s plant has gotten so big it is over the fence.

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Plant in the yard.

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Poinsettia in hanging baskets.

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These do stay red through the spring.

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Around our fence.

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These are pretty in the fall.

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Reflection of our neighbor’s boat. Taken from our dock and cropped up. The neighborhood osprey sleeps on top of this mast.

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Down at the end of our channel. A Santa in someone’s backyard. I take a left in front of the Santa to get out to the bay.

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Mangroves growing in our corner.

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I threw last year’s poinsettia in the corner by the shed and it came back this year.

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Hibiscus through our fence.

Shine the Divine