Lots of oystercatchers at the north beach at Fort Desoto. Including the first one that has the TO bands on his legs. I have pictures of him as far back as 2011.
A ruddy turnstone still in his summer feathers.
Two little plovers. A piping plover on top and a semipalmated plover on the bottom.
A mom and juvenile sandwich tern.
An almost grown black skimmer taking a break on the sand.
Pelicans resting on the shore.
Linking to My Corner of the World.
The above sandwich tern flew right in front of me and landed with a fish. Adult sandwich terns have that yellow tip on their beak.
He then proceeded to fly around the flock of different birds on the beach looking for his mate or baby. Not sure which. He seemed to be lost and none of the other birds tried to take the fish.
Some of the other babies tried to steal it after a few seconds. Eventually the bird flew off down the beach. He must have come back to the wrong flock on the beach.
This royal tern baby was driving his parents crazy, begging for food. Royal terns have orange beaks and always look like they have a bad hairpiece sticking up.
This lonely willet had a sand flea.
Everyone was after this yummy snack rolling around on the beach.
Other birds were going after their usual snacks including the sandwich tern and great egret above. I think that egret had a tough time getting that fish down.
A fisherman had pulled up this tiny fish and left it on the pier so this great blue heron tiptoed up and grabbed it.
The usual birds at the fishing pier at Fort Desoto park.
A few female red breasted mergansers were swimming along the shoreline.
It’s the unofficial summer season kickoff this weekend. Although here in Florida that started months ago. I probably won’t be at the beach today since we tend to stay away on big holidays and avoid the crowds.
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 snacks.
A hawk flies by on the beach.
A dolphin goes by out in the gulf.
The last of my Sanibel Island vacation pictures.
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 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 above are all black bellied plovers hanging around the marsh.
A sandwich tern fly by.
A handful of shorebirds that were hanging out at Fort Desoto in late September.
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. All juveniles that were born this spring.
Red eyed night heron.
Woodpecker in the parking lot.
All of the above birds were on this busy beach. I guess they tolerate the tourists. I headed out to the beach for an after work walk. So crowded even at dinnertime.
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 laughing gull screaming for his mom to bring food.
Breakfast time for dowitchers.
Keeping an eye on me.
A few birds on the beach in the middle of summer.
At least one tern was paying attention.
Which one doesn’t belong? I think that one with the orange legs is a common tern.
“Make room for me!”
Great blue heron coming in for a landing.
Two sandwich terns and a common walk into a bar………..
Built in umbrella.
“Just me and my shadow.”
“I’m outta here.”
“What’s this lady doing?”
I usually check Fort Desoto’s facebook page before making plans to get up early and head down there. They usually post when the main park is going to be closed in the morning due to a marathon or triathlon. I didn’t see one but when I got down to the main entrance at 8:30, they had it blocked off. The girl there said they would open at 9:30. What to do for an hour? I didn’t feel like driving somewhere else so I went to the big boat ramp area which is before the main entrance. I parked and walked around and watched boats take off and just enjoyed the morning. There were tons of terns and gulls and I was watching them move from ramp to ramp as people were launching their boats. The hour went by fast and I headed over to the main park.
More drama from the juvenile sandwich terns. This time it was at Fort Desoto Park. The adult on the right was looking at me like “Lady, help me out here.”
“I will not be ignored.”
“Will anyone feed me?”
There were several young ones screaming for fish.
Laughing gulls and sandwich terns were sharing the beach.
This juvenile laughing gull found a dead fish on the beach. He picked at it for a few minutes but ended up leaving it on the beach.
Laughing gulls were also plucking the bait fish right off the top of the water.
Another perfect morning walk at Fort Desoto Park.