A beautiful morning at Fort Desoto out on the beach.
Watching all of the big boats go by, wondering about that life at sea. I recently started following a guy who pilots the big boats in and out of Tampa bay on Instagram. It’s cool to see his pictures from the boat. I bet he has some great stories to tell. You can find him at Tampabaypilot.
It’s always fun to see the dolphins swimming around the fishing pier and the little terns diving for fish.
The cactus all over the park are blooming.
Brett and I spent a Sunday morning in April just hanging out on the beach. With work, chores and family we don’t get there as much as we use to.
A nice clean beach after Park supervisor Jim had scooped up all of the dead fish from the red tide algae bloom that lands on the beach during high tide. This morning in late October, Jim had told me that they had just cleaned up 6 miles of beaches, trying to keep it clean so the tourist can enjoy the beach. Even in late November, we were still getting some dead sea life but not as bad as it was in October.
It was still a beautiful morning even with a slight fishy smell.
The dog beach and the fishing pier were deserted that morning since no one wanted to be in the red tide water. It was like a ghost town.
I did see some dolphins coming out of the water from far across the bay.
A common loon swimming under the bridge. Loons are usually only here in the winter so this guy is either really early or really lost.
The usual pelicans hanging around the bridge.
Royal terns were also there.
Far off in the distance we could see dolphins. It looked like they were playing but I think they were herding the fish close to the causeway to feed off of them.
On the other side of the bridge, you could see planes taking off from the Tampa airport.
The sun was going down on my Sunday night walk over the Courtney Campbell Causeway pedestrian bridge.
A baby dolphin was swimming close to Mom above.
The dolphins were swimming right under the fishing pier at Fort Desoto in early June. The water was clear and the sun was hitting the water just perfect so you could see them before they came up for air.
Someone caught a tiny shark.
A beautiful day to be out in a boat.
Lots of dolphins at the fishing pier at Fort Desoto in early October. They all had different scratches and markings on their fins.
They were buzzing around the fishing pier and at some points swimming right underneath where I was standing.
The people fishing were not happy that the dolphins were trying to steal their fish. I’m sorry but I think it’s the other way around. People are trying to steal the fish from the dolphins. Don’t the dolphins live in the water? It’s not like they can stop by the grocery store on the way home and get their food. One guy was cursing the dolphin and I said “You are welcome to go fish somewhere else.”
Two baby osprey were peaking out over the nest in the parking lot and the nest on top of the smoke stack next to the bait store.
Dad was close by with lunch. I think he was going to eat some first before he took it over to the nest.
You can almost always find a reddish egret fishing somewhere on the beach.
It rare to see a common loon here in the spring. Especially in his summer breeding colors. When they hang out here during the winter, they are a drab gray color. This one stayed pretty far away from the fishing pier.
Big gulp. There are signs at the fish cleaning station to “Not feed or throw fish parts to the birds” They all do it anyway. In theory it seems okay but the cormorants hang around the pier and get too close and end up getting caught with fishing hooks.
The dolphins playing around the pier.
My Saturday morning walk at Fort Desoto in late May.