The skimmers lined up along the shoreline at Fort Desoto.
Out on Outback Key spit, I could see tons of shorebirds from the beach.
So many shorebirds, so little time. The spit was full of different shorebirds but nothing new on this trip. The tide was high in mid-October early in the morning so I was wading knee deep to get out to the area where the shorebirds were. It was a slow walk just making sure I didn’t sink and go under. Everything was packed in my backpack but you just never know.
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.
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.