Walking across Tampa bay

A common loon swimming under the bridge. Loons are usually only here in the winter so this guy is either really early or really lost.

The usual pelicans hanging around the bridge.

Royal terns were also there.

Far off in the distance we could see dolphins. It looked like they were playing but I think they were herding the fish close to the causeway to feed off of them.

On the other side of the bridge, you could see planes taking off from the Tampa airport.

The sun was going down on my Sunday night walk over the Courtney Campbell Causeway pedestrian bridge.

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Shorebirds in November.





I always love watching skimmers take a bath.




The royal terns are pretty funny as well.


I think this is a young herring gull.


Another ruddy turnstone missing most of his toes.


They were all busy preening early in the morning.

Shorebirds I found hanging around the beach near the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.

More birds than bums on the beach.

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Lots of shorebirds on the beach at Anna Maria Island. Since we were in between tourist seasons, there were more birds than people on the beach. Mostly royal terns and sandwich terns with a lone juvenile ring billed gull towering over the terns. Young royal terns are still begging for food from their parents even though they look old enough to get their own food.

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Sunset at the fishing pier – Skywatch Friday


The famous osprey nest at Fort Desoto. It’s on top of the old smokestack right at the fishing pier and snack shop. It’s a very visible nest. I think they have the best spot in the park to watch the sun go down every night.  It looks like they have eggs. It’s very high up so the babies will have to be pretty big to see them looking over the edge. It looks like the one in the middle was already sleeping.


Pelican before the sun goes down.


“Someone turn out the light.” yells the royal tern.


I think this is an immature herring gull.


Who’s going to win this race? I think they were both heading back in before dark.


Sun going down at the fishing pier.


It was a perfect night.


All of the gulls lining up for bed.


Almost dark.

It was a perfect night when I ran down to Fort Desoto after work to look for little birds migrating through in early April. After searching the woods for an hour, I headed to the fishing pier for sunset. This has to be one of the best places in the area to watch the sun go down.

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