A perfect morning out at Fort Desoto wouldn’t be complete without seeing an oystercatcher. This one with the red band is a regular at the park. Someone out on the sandbar walked by and he came flying right by me.
A sandwich tern making a landing.
A tiny snowy plover on the exposed sand.
Piping plovers have orange legs.
A great egret cruising by.
A young red knot.
Lots of different shorebirds at Fort Desoto in early October.
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.