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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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Shorebirds on the beach

Semipalmated plover Marbled godwits (the avocet photobombed the last shot). Royal terns A few shorebirds on the shore. Only down here in Florida we call it a beach. So really, they should be called beachbirds.  Found on the “beach” on … Continue reading

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Pink toothpick beaks

Most of the marbled godwits were napping when I got to Fort Desoto early on a Saturday morning. I did see one still feeding across the marsh. I watched him for a while. Popping tiny crabs in his beak. After … Continue reading

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On the beach in early August

A great egret getting a fish. Sanderlings running around as usual. Willet taking off. There’s usually a reddish egret on the beach. Tiny plover showing off his crab breakfast. The beach was full of plovers this morning. A marbled godwit … 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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On the beach in early April.

It’s always fun watching a skimmer taking a bath. Splashing around like a kid in a bathtub. “Clean your underarms” I told him. Face in the water. All done. That’s a little too close. Royal terns are showing up on … Continue reading

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Beach birds at Fort Desoto

“What is that blue thing?” I asked the ruddy turnstone. “A piece of tourist trash’ was his response. Tricolored heron creeping along the edge. He thinks he’s sneaking up on the fish. Piping plovers in front of the sleeping red … Continue reading

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Shorebird soup at Fort Desoto

I’m going with common tern on the above. “This is what I think of you lady.” says the tern as he’s shaking his bottom at me. Another common tern? He looks smaller than the first picture but his legs are … Continue reading

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Shorebirds at Fort Desoto

Willet in the early morning sun. Willet (in breeding feathers) eating what looks like is a shrimp. The long billed curlew has been out every morning making the rounds for a couple of months now. I followed him for a … Continue reading

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