The dolphin show at Fort Desoto.

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.”

Pelican convention at the fishing pier.

Busy day at the fishing pier for the pelicans.

The above got a fishing hook stuck on his feather.  The fisherman started to bring him in and  when the pelican took off the feather just got pulled out with the hook. It looked like it was a clean pull.  Off pelican went and the fisherman had a really big feather stuck to his hook. This bird was lucky.

This one had a big hook stuck on his leg. The lifeguard swam out to him with a big net but the pelican took off flying.

A few of the pelicans hanging out on the jetty next to the pier. The one in the bottom picture has a band on his leg so he’s probably been in a bird hospital before.  They usually band them before they release them back out in the wild.

I walked up to pier to see a lifeguard and park ranger cutting the fishing wire that had been wrapped around this pelican’s legs and wing.  It’s a sad thing to say but these guys are experts. They had him caught, cleaned up and released in minutes. They must do this a lot.

The pelican gave them one last look before taking off.

 

All lined up

It was a quiet morning at the boat ramp at Fort Desoto Park.  Even thought the weather was perfect in early October very few boats were going out.  The seabirds were taking an early morning nap on the floating dock railings. They barely glanced at me as I walked up but I’m sure they wouldn’t have been happy if I had started to walk down the ramp and caused them to move.  Most of these are sandwich terns (with the yellow tips on their beaks) and a few laughing gulls in the mix.

Over at the fishing pier, the laughing gulls were harassing the snow egrets that were all lined up.  All fighting over bait fish.

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