This ring billed gull spent the morning eating tiny horseshoe crabs.
Lots of ducks but nothing new. Ring billed and lesser scaup way out in the bay.
Teeny tiny on the ground.
I saw an eagle high up in a utility tower near my house on the way home.
I stopped by Veterans Park in Oldsmar looking for a long tailed duck. I heard he was there earlier in the week but I couldn’t find him by Saturday. That’s a rare duck here. I briefly saw one years ago near the same area but haven’t heard of one being around until early December. I’ll keep checking back this winter. It was a beautiful day to be out walking even without the duck.
Several years ago Brett and I went to an art festival in downtown Tampa and I just recently found these old pictures. In late February it’s usually beautiful, sunny and cool.
Looking across the bay at Davis Islands.
The University of Tampa minarets in the sun.
Most people are there looking at the art and I’m running around taking pictures of the birds. Mostly gulls.
Little birds along the shore at Fort Desoto Park.
Weird sea slugs that were on the sand at low tide. The muck was full of these.
The tide would be coming in soon to wash this guy back into the water.
A very large raft of ducks far out in the water near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. I think these were mostly ring neck ducks.
Scenes from the beach.
In early January I was walking the trails and noticed an owl sitting in an old osprey nest.
Not a bad way to be stuck in traffic. On my way home I got stuck on the bridge for a few minutes while the bridge was up waiting for some tall boats to pass underneath.
The sandwich terns are flirting.
And taking baths.
A young ring billed gull is hanging out in the water.
A juvenile herring gull is eating a scary looking fish.
It’s been summer here for a while. The shorebirds are on the beaches (but so are the tourists). When is winter again?
A week later I was still looking for that great cormorant. Back at the boat ramp, I still only saw double crested cormorants.
Ring billed gulls had taken over the boat ramp.
They were all lined up.
Not many boats going out this morning so the pelicans were snoozing on the floating docks. It was a beautiful morning but windy and cool.
Two adults and a juvenile in between.
Little blue heron hanging around.
Several kayakers came up to the beach next to the boat ramp and they let their dog out to stretch his legs. He looked so cute in that life vest.
I still keep an eye out for that great cormorant although I don’t think anyone has spotted him recently. It was still a perfect morning out.
The ring billed gulls are back for the winter.
I caught them napping on a recent trip to Fort Desoto.
I think that’s a plover sleeping in front of the gulls. He looks so tiny compared to the bigger gulls.
Tern taking a bath.
Drying off. This is either a common tern or a Forester’s tern.
A nice late afternoon on the beach.