Killing time with terns

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At least one tern was paying attention.

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Which one doesn’t belong? I think that one with the orange legs is a common tern.

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“Make room for me!”

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Great blue heron coming in for a landing.

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Two sandwich terns and a common walk into a bar………..

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Built in umbrella.

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“Just me and my shadow.”

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“I’m outta here.”

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“What’s this lady doing?”

I usually check Fort Desoto’s facebook page before making plans to get up early and head down there. They usually post when the main park is going to be closed in the morning due to a marathon or triathlon. I didn’t see one but when I got down to the main entrance at 8:30, they had it blocked off. The girl there said they would open at 9:30. What to do for an hour? I didn’t feel like driving somewhere else so I went to the big boat ramp area which is before the main entrance. I parked and walked around and watched boats take off and just enjoyed the morning. There were tons of terns and gulls and I was watching them move from ramp to ramp as people were launching their boats. The hour went by fast and I headed over to the main park.

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Old birds and a new one at Fort Desoto

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It was a drizzly dark  morning. I was in my car waiting for the storm to go by and I saw the above stork walk by my car.

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Great blue heron wading in the water.

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After the rain passed, I walked down the beach to look for the brown booby on the tower. I saw this sad wet juvenile laughing gull sitting on the sand.

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A sandwich tern walking along the shoreline.

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Marbled godwits walking along.

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Common terns (??) standing in the water.

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I think this is a juvenile sandwich tern flying by.

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I finally saw him! The brown booby at Fort Desoto. I think this was my 6th trip looking for him. Actually, I go down there quite a bit anyway and kept stopping by the tower to look for him. Several other birders were there and all were excited to see him no matter how far away he was. He seems to rest out on the tower in the bay near the fishing pier off and on.  This is extremely highly cropped. You can just barely make out the blue beak. I had a shot of his orange looking feet but the top of him was even more blurry. This was labor day weekend and he’d been randomly seen for over a month. 

It gets harder and harder to find new birds. I read on Florida bird reports that different birds are spotted all over central Florida but work and family commitments have kept me from taking any road trips this summer. I’ve been sticking close to home and only on Saturdays. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get around this winter.

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