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Visiting my favorite pier groupies.

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 … Continue reading

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At the beach

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. Sleepy cormorant. At the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.  

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Hanging out at the fishing pier.

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 … Continue reading

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End of summer at Fort Desoto??

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 … Continue reading

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On the beach at Fort Desoto

The usual things you see on the beach at Fort Desoto Park.

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At the fishing pier

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Birds on the beach at Fort Desoto

A ruddy turnstone staring at me. The usual oystercatcher walking along the water. A willet walking by. These godwits and willets were trying to sleep in the water. I tried not to wake anyone up. They looked so peaceful. The … Continue reading

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Two ships passing in the morning

The laughing gulls are getting their mating colors.  Their heads turn black and their beaks get a red tint. They get a red ring around their eyes. This one’s head was just starting to turn black but his beak was … Continue reading

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