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.