A few of the regulars at the pier; the famous great blue heron/great egret hybrid, a ruddy turnstone, a reddish egret, lots of snowy egrets always looking for a handout and great blue heron and reddish egret fighting over space on the railing.
Skimmers were skimming the bait fish.
This reddish egret was bored with me.
Shots of a beautiful morning at the pier. These were taken in early September, before Irma.
The black bellied plovers are really pretty in the summer.
And so are the ruddy turnstones.
The sanderlings are also sporting their summer colors.
Grumpy snowy egret.
At the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.
Yes, I cut off his wings. Who cares anyway, the sandwich tern has a fish.
The hybrid great egret/great blue heron has been hanging around the pier for a while now.
This guy was scurrying across the pier with his stolen bait fish. It wasn’t until I got home and cropped this up that I realized he has string wrapped around his leg.
This guy is just too pretty to be a laughing gull.
Fish under the pier.
The one that got away! The fisherman was bummed.
A sanderling in the sea grass at low tide.
Black bellied plovers at different stages of molting. The one in the top picture has more black feathers and is still in his summer colors. The bottom one has lost most of his black feathers. He’ll be mostly white through the winter. The middle one was chewing on something yummy.
The ruddy turnstone also had something yummy to eat. The ruddy in the bottom picture still has his summer feathers.
It was strange seeing the osprey in the water with the laughing gulls. I caught him as he was finishing taking a bath. After a few minutes he took off.
A dowitcher walking the shore line.
Birds on the beach and fishing pier at Fort Desoto in late September.
These two female red breasted mergansers are still hanging around the fishing pier. They should be north for the summer by now.
A ruddy turnstone on the rocks.
A royal tern brings her a fish. Since she’s eating it, I guess they are an official couple.
The laughing gulls are pretty this time of year.
Having a conversation about something. All of the gulls are pairing up.
The juvenile reddish egret is still hanging around the pier.
Two baby osprey on the smokestack tower nest.
Someone got their snack stolen. Or maybe, the bird is being paid to advertise.
Saturday morning at Fort Desoto.
This black bellied plover was washing his face.
Is this a Cooper’s hawk or a northern harrier? It was flying across the north beach.
White pelicans all in a row.
Stumpy getting a snack.
The osprey was not going to share his meal.
The osprey nest at the fishing pier. I guess that trash makes a nice cushion.
Low tide at North beach.
A few shots from a recent morning walk at Fort Desoto.