Across the Hillsborough river

Shots taken while on my walk along the river front in downtown Tampa in July. The above shows the University of Tampa. The main building was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel that opened in 1891 by Henry B Plant (the railroad magnate).

Looking over to Bayshore Boulevard and out towards the bay.

Lots of rowing going on this morning.  Kayakers, paddleboarders and members of the Dragon Boat Rowing club were all out on the water.

A different view at the convention center.

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Sand Key Park

Least terns were just starting to mate on the beach at Sand Key Park in late June.

A crazed looking juvenile mockingbird was also on the beach.

On osprey was guarding the jetti with his fish.

A small storm was moving in across the beach.  The tourist pirate ship started to head out into the gulf but then turned around and came back into the bay. That trip must have gotten cut short. It started to sprinkle as I walked back down the beach to my car but then the sun came out just as fast.

I think it was going to end up being a perfect day after the morning storms moved through. I had stopped by the park to see if the least terns were nesting yet. They were there but none of them were sitting on eggs yet. People were starting to come out to the beach once the sun came out. It was time for me to go home and have lunch.

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Don’t you want to be a tourist?

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A fun thing to do if you have good balance.

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Nothing says “tourist spot” like a pirate ship going by.

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Here’s a boat I haven’t seen before. A shark boat!

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A night heron hanging around the fishing piers.

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“Is that a fish on the boardwalk?”

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Snowy egret looking for a handout from the fishermen.

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Later I caught the pirate ship coming back in to the bay.

This was my 2nd trip to Sand Key park to look for the common eider in early August. He’s been seen on and off hanging around the fishing piers under the big bridge. Still no luck. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, the first sunny day in a long time so the area was crowded early with people. I’ll keep checking back for that duck.

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