A regular on the beach. About a year ago, this oystercatcher had some fishing line wrapped around his leg and was cutting off the circulation. Someone took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook and a team of people were able to catch him and get the line off. You can still see the ring around his leg just above his foot.
Not a regular but a once in a while visitor, the piping plover.
The great blue heron kept walking back and forth right behind this guy and kept getting closer. We finally got his attention and told him to turn around. By then the heron was too close for him to even get a shot.
Someone on the beach told me this was a merlin. He was across the marsh so this is extremely cropped. It could also be a cooper’s hawk. Anyone know which?
A kingfisher flew over my head with a fish stuck on his beak. She took off into the woods to enjoy her snack alone.
A juvenile night heron has a crab.
Oh no, he dropped it.
He got it back quickly.
And gulped it down fast before it could get away again.
A quiet but perfect morning in mid-September at Fort Desoto.
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Across the beach, behind the roped off area for the birds, an osprey is eating on the dead branch.
The water looked so good. I should have brought my swimsuit. I was tempted to go in with my shorts and tshirt on.
Someone getting a view of the beach.
I saw this lady with this cool umbrella hat. I need to get one of these.
One of the reddish egrets taking a break.
I saw this night heron with something in his beak. From far away, it looked like a rock.
When I got closer and zoomed in, I realized it was a crab with his legs missing. Don’t know if he found it that way or if he ate the legs first.
Taken into the sun and lightened up, the reddish egret was posing for me.
A few things on the beach at Fort Desoto at the end of July. It was so hot even the tourists weren’t there. Things are quiet now until Labor Day weekend.