Sunny morning at the pier – Skywatch Friday

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Always a sad sight to see. The cormorant took off flying towards Egmont Key island. Hopefully, that will come loose off his beak as some point.

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“Wait, let me fix my hair before you take the picture.”

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Another sad sight, a pelican with fishing stuff attached to his wing. He was diving pretty far off the pier. He seemed to be catching fish with no problem.

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Big gulp!

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When he took off, I realized the fishing line was hooked between his beak and leg. The problem with this is if he lands on a mangrove bush, it could get tangled up and he would not be able to fly off.

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A great egret lands on the roof of the rain shelter and spooks the snowy egrets.

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They were waiting for the guy below to leave his bait bucket unattended.

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Which he eventually did for a few minutes. His back turned while fishing, the birds were seeing who was brave enough to grab the first fish out of the bucket. I told the guy he needed to cover his fish.

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Something going on far out in the water.

Another beautiful walk on the pier at Fort Desoto.

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Windy morning at the fishing pier – Skywatch Friday

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The usual pelican fly by.

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“What, I can’t hear you.” says the cormorant.

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A sad but usual sight at the pier. There were a few people standing around discussing what to do about trying to rescue him when he took off flying across the bay. They might have been able to entice him with bait fish and use a net.

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Grumpy face did not seem to like the wind.

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“I can’t hear you either.” says the snowy egret.

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Off to the great blue yonder!

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Rush hour on the bay.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning but so windy it was hard to stand up. Sand was blowing, garbage was flying around and the birds were not going anywhere. Fort Desoto was deserted. Where do all of the birds go when it’s that windy? I guess inland to get out of the sea wind. I didn’t stay long. I was afraid sand was getting into everything, even on the fishing pier.

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