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Honeymoon Island beach before the tourists get here.

After walking the nature trail at Honeymoon Island State Park, I headed over to the beach to see if there were any shorebirds hanging around. The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers. The waves were splashing … Continue reading

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Shorebirds on the beach

Semipalmated plover Marbled godwits (the avocet photobombed the last shot). Royal terns A few shorebirds on the shore. Only down here in Florida we call it a beach. So really, they should be called beachbirds.  Found on the “beach” on … Continue reading

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Morning walk on the beach

Young royal terns and sandwich terns were yelling at the parents to get them fish. Ghost crab on the beach. Sandwich terns showing off. Young black bellied plovers. I’m not sure if they were fighting or  playing. Ibis looking for … Continue reading

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Summer at the beach

A black bellied plover eating something gunky. Some of the resident oystercatchers. A sandwich tern flying by. “Got a light?” More laughing gulls. Trying to get a fish. Typical Florida shot. Dowitcher looking for snacks. One of the red breasted … Continue reading

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A late February walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

Great blue herons were all over the park. Including several sitting on nests. A green heron was stalking something. A sparrow hiding in the bushes. The only black bellied whistling ducks I saw. The park use to be full of … Continue reading

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More tourists than birds on the beach

Someone should tell this grackle that she’s not a shorebird. “Everybody run, there’s a grackle on the beach!” said no Willet ever. Juvenile royal tern. A sandwich couple flirting. She gets a fish instead of roses and chocolates. Prehistoric pelicans. … Continue reading

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Napping and breakfast in the morning

It’s always sad to see a one footed bird. This laughing gull seems to be doing okay though. Take a “tern”. Royal terns and a sandwich tern. The always present oystercatcher. Dowitchers and willets taking a morning nap. A baby … Continue reading

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After work on the beach

“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. … Continue reading

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Black terns on Gandy beach – Skywatch Friday

I had heard there were hundreds of black terns on Gandy beach in early August. By the time I made it over there in late August, there were only a handful still hanging around. Most had lost their all black … Continue reading

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Rainy stop on Gandy beach

Royal terns coming in for a landing. A least tern on the beach. A banded royal tern. I think this is a juvenile. “Make room for me!” Taking a bath. A juvenile least tern. Probably born a few months earlier. … Continue reading

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