Tag Archives: shorebirds

Honeymoon Island beach before the tourists get here.

After walking the nature trail at Honeymoon Island State Park, I headed over to the beach to see if there were any shorebirds hanging around. The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers. The waves were splashing … Continue reading

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A beach in downtown St. Pete?

A few monk parakeets were flying around the parking lot. It was low tide on the beach and very few people were there so the shorebirds were napping.  Although, something kept spooking them and they would all take off flying … Continue reading

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Skimmer babies growing up

How comfortable does this look? He was trying to sleep in this soft sand. This one was still getting protection from the parent. Do you think they realize those wooden decoys are not real? “Hey, a parent’s gotta eat too.” … Continue reading

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A variety of flying things in downtown Lakeland

I quickly found the mandarin duck couple at Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. I had heard the city had received two mandarin couples for the lake. I only found one of the couples but did not know there were two … Continue reading

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Shorebirds on a yucky morning

The light birds are sanderlings. I think the darker birds are dunlins. They were all sleeping on the sand. The little beach was full of shorebirds sleeping. A car drove up and spooked them. Marbled godwits trying to sleep. The … Continue reading

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Beach birds at Fort Desoto

These birds were doing what I should have been doing, sleeping in instead of getting up early to take pictures of birds sleeping. This little black bellied plover had the right idea. At least he was trying to sleep. But … Continue reading

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Sunset on the Courtney Campbell Causeway – Skywatch Friday

That’s a semipalmated plover standing at attention, staring at me. Almost dark. Sunsets in January can be perfect. The air is cool and clear. No heat or haze to mess up the picture. I have recently purchased a new lens, … Continue reading

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