A few of the regulars at the pier; the famous great blue heron/great egret hybrid, a ruddy turnstone, a reddish egret, lots of snowy egrets always looking for a handout and great blue heron and reddish egret fighting over space on the railing.
Skimmers were skimming the bait fish.
This reddish egret was bored with me.
Shots of a beautiful morning at the pier. These were taken in early September, before Irma.
I rarely go to Clearwater Beach anymore. It’s very crowded and cost a fortune to park, if you can get a parking spot. Although, it is fun to go over every once in while to see what’s going on. Right after I picked up my sister from the airport we headed over to the beach to walk around. She had not been in several years. We were hoping to get a good sunset but dark clouds had moved in. I guess the weather had kept most people indoors because it wasn’t too crowded the Tuesday before Christmas. It was fun walking around the beach and marina.
A view of the gulf fishing pier from behind the snack shop.
A big boat coming around the corner near the fishing pier. This is the main channel where all of the boats come in heading to the port of Tampa.
A great blue heron watching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as a storm moves in.
Turtle nests were roped off all over the park.
Looking out at the north beach marsh.
Pano of the northern tip of the beach.
A storm was moving in across the north beach.
Standing on the bay pier, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is partially hidden by the storm.
It was nice being at Fort Desoto park before the storm came. The threat of rain had kept most people away. There were a few people out fishing on the pier but the beach was almost empty. Not many birds either. So I walked around the pier for a while and enjoyed the quiet.
“Just leave me alone” says the pelican being bothered by the little kid.
Check out the man’s back. Another good reason not to feed the gulls, other than it’s illegal. It’s all fun and games until someone gets pooped on.
Royal terns lining up to sleep for the night.
On the beach near the spot where the skimmers nest.
When I first got to Fort Desoto it was windy and cloudy. I don’t see the water this choppy very often. I usually stay away from the beach when the weather gets bad.
I found Big Red (reddish egret) in his usual spot at the north beach but he wasn’t doing any fishing.
This lone oystercatcher had the right idea. A nap on the beach. It was the Saturday before the 4th of July so he was soon going to be overrun with tourists if he stayed in that prime spot.
Things were quiet early that morning up at the north beach end. I found a few willets stretching and sleeping.
Plover shaking it off.
Marbled godwits trying to sleep standing up.
Dowitcher cruising around the water.
Ugly beach bug. I’ve never seen one of these on the beach before. I’m sure a gull will get him for lunch.
Quiet morning on the beach in early July. The day called for rain but I went out anyway. I got lucky. Mix of clouds and sun while I was there.
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