I had not been to Fort Desoto in a couple of weeks so I headed to the park on a recent Saturday morning not expecting to find much. It was right before the bulk of the fall migrating birds had come through. I just wanted to get out on the beach and stretch my legs. It’s pretty usual to find a reddish egret fishing for food somewhere around the north beach area. There are several that hang out there all year. I stopped and watched him standing still and thought to myself “Move on, I’ve got a million pictures of him” but when he stepped off the spot and started to dance around looking for food, I couldn’t stop myself. I finally realized I am addicted to reddish egrets. After a while a juvenile reddish egret came flying in (flight shots in the middle). He doesn’t have his deep colors yet. The adult did not want him fishing in his spot and chased him away. They both flew across the beach and I thought they were gone but the adult came right back and kept on feeding. After close to a hundred pictures, I finally moved on.
I was cruising the fishing pier at Fort Desoto and found my first juvenile reddish egret hanging around on the light post. You can usually find adult ones in the north beach area on the beach but this was the first time I’ve seen one on the fishing pier. It also happened to be a young one, probably born early this spring. He was on the light post and then moved to the roof of the shed on the pier. Then back to the light for a few minutes before he was chased off by a young osprey. He’s going to be really pretty when he’s all grown up and has his bright grown up feathers.