Built in 1936, this historic lighthouse boat was renovated and was up for sale earlier this year for only $5M. We didn’t hear if it sold.
Views from the northern end of the harbor include the USS Constitution ship build in 1797. It’s docked at the former Charlestown Navy Yard and you can tour it but we never made it over there (gotta save something for the next trip). It’s exactly what I pictured would be sitting in the harbor here.
Bright yellow leaves in front of the North End.
Another view from the back of the boat.
A view heading into Charlestown from our trolley tour.
A rare yellow billed cuckoo high up in the tree.
Either a female or immature prairie warbler.
Hiding in hole. I was wondering if they nest in this hole.
Some of the shorebirds close to the trail, a ruddy turnstone and a black bellied plover.
I stopped by the fishing pier before heading home.
Far across the bay near Egmont Key.
Sailing past the pier, this old sailboat reminded me of my dad. He would have loved that boat. I turned it into a black and white photo so it would have looked like something he would have taken many years ago.
An early summer walk at Fort Desoto.
Christmas afternoon, after eating and napping, Brett and I headed down to Fort Desoto Park for a walk on the beach.
We stayed for the sunset along with the crowds of people there. It was a perfect ending to Christmas.
Right after Hurricane Irma came through someone had posted that they had seen a golden plover at Fort Desoto. I have never heard of a golden plover being anywhere near here and someone else had said they are never seen in Florida so this one must have gotten blown way off course from the storm. Everyone was questioning it until some expert birders had gotten pictures of it. After a couple of days I was able to run down to the park after work one night. I had about an hour before it got dark to find it. The bird was easy to find and close to were people had seen it days before. It was feeding along the rack line so I sat down on the beach and took some shots with my 300mm and extender. The little bird seemed curious and kept getting closer to me. I kept getting up and backing up. He looked okay and was running around feeding but I couldn’t help wondering if he was trying to tell me something. A few days later a rehabber picked him up and he’s been recuperating since then. I last heard he was doing much better and should be released soon. We get a lot of black bellied plovers in the same area. See below for recent pictures of those.
Two black bellied plovers above. The top is during the breeding season and the bottom is in the winter. The golden plover has a lot of brown on his head that shines.
A few things I saw near the golden plover that night. The tide was so low that you could see the crabs in the crab trap.
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So many different things to see around the tip of Davis Islands where the small airport and yacht basin ends the island. From tiny boats, really big boats and tug boats the variety can keep you busy watching the sights all morning.
In one corner of the island, there’s a small dog beach next to the private airport. There wasn’t many dogs on the beach early one recent Saturday morning. I think it was just too hot. Even the water was warm.
I think this is my favorite. This sailboat had a handmade boat lift for it’s own rowboat.
A hot Saturday morning in late July.
Random things on the trail at Fort Desoto park.
I saw the shadow of a hummingbird and waited a while before he moved over to the firebush and started feeding.
The usual ships passing by the beach.
Not a lot of birds, so it’s time to start taking pictures of butterflies.
There’s always red bellied woodpeckers around.
Osprey hanging out together.
Heading out for a trip.
The dolphin show at the fishing pier.
A beautiful morning at Fort Desoto in early May.
Random things around Fort Desoto.
I found this guy on the fishing pier. I don’t know what that is sticking out of his beak. Is it a fishing hook? A fish bone? He didn’t have any trouble flying or eating.
Someone left a fish head on the pier. The great blue heron picked it up and flew off towards the beach with it.
What is it about sleeping birds that makes kids want to run towards them and scare them away? It’s a constant scene on the beach.
Snowy egrets getting a bait fish snack.
Flipping them into their mouths like popcorn shrimp.
They were having a feast since someone left a good portion of their bait fish catch on the pier. People tend to pull up their nets, empty as much as they can in the bucket and don’t bother to pick up all of the stragglers.
This juvenile laughing gull was having problems with his beak. At first, I thought his bottom beak was broken but it looked okay. But, he did have something wrong with his tongue.
Some alone time under the pier.
Beach bum lizard.
“Man, I’m thirsty and tired of drinking salt water.”
“Lady, can you come over here and turn this on?”
Dolphin at the pier.
Out in the gulf.
Passing a sand bar.
Speaking of sand bars, the one above is a fairly new one. I zoomed in on it and the picture is extremely cropped so it’s pretty far away from the beach. I have heard that there are hundreds of birds that hang out there now. Maybe that’s why there hasn’t been many shorebirds at the north beach marsh. That’s where I’d be if I was a bird, not on the crowded beach at the park.
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Always a sad sight to see. The cormorant took off flying towards Egmont Key island. Hopefully, that will come loose off his beak as some point.
“Wait, let me fix my hair before you take the picture.”
Another sad sight, a pelican with fishing stuff attached to his wing. He was diving pretty far off the pier. He seemed to be catching fish with no problem.
When he took off, I realized the fishing line was hooked between his beak and leg. The problem with this is if he lands on a mangrove bush, it could get tangled up and he would not be able to fly off.
A great egret lands on the roof of the rain shelter and spooks the snowy egrets.
They were waiting for the guy below to leave his bait bucket unattended.
Which he eventually did for a few minutes. His back turned while fishing, the birds were seeing who was brave enough to grab the first fish out of the bucket. I told the guy he needed to cover his fish.
Something going on far out in the water.
Another beautiful walk on the pier at Fort Desoto.
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