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Honeymoon Island beach before the tourists get here.

After walking the nature trail at Honeymoon Island State Park, I headed over to the beach to see if there were any shorebirds hanging around. The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers. The waves were splashing … 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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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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Napping and breakfast in the morning

It’s always sad to see a one footed bird. This laughing gull seems to be doing okay though. Take a “tern”. Royal terns and a sandwich tern. The always present oystercatcher. Dowitchers and willets taking a morning nap. A baby … Continue reading

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Shorebirds trying to sleep

I made a quick trip to Fort Desoto one night after work. I got there right before dark and the shorebirds were already trying to sleep. The sun was going down and they were settling in for the night. The … Continue reading

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Shorebirds at Fort Desoto in July

A marbled godwit trying to sleep in the middle of dowitchers. A lost oystercatcher. “Excuse me, can someone tell me where the restroom is?” A few willets mixed in. Giving me the eye. A shorebird convention. “Can you please keep … Continue reading

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Fun morning at Fort Desoto – Skywatch Friday

An oystercatcher couple were feeding along the shoreline right when I walked out on the beach. Upclose. He was digging pretty deep. A dowitcher also digging for food. It was dig deep day at the beach. Even the ibis were … Continue reading

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Windy day at the beach – Skywatch Friday

Little sandpiper creeping around in the fog. Dowitchers watching  me as they walk by. Where did his head go? There were a lot of dowitchers on the beach that morning. I usually only see a few. The usual black bellied … Continue reading

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Looking for a new gull.

“Excuse me, are you guys Franklin’s gulls?” I said to these two. One gull said “Almost. Franklin’s gulls have a white chest and more black on their head.” The other gull said “And they have a little shorter beak than … Continue reading

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Early November birds at Fort De Soto

Another plover on the beach. This short billed dowitcher didn’t even bother looking up. The palm warblers really like having their picture taken. Kestrel on a branch. I usually only see them on the utility lines. Hawk looking for something … Continue reading

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