Another “get out of the house” moment. I headed down to the St. Pete Pier late in the day in early December. I knew it would be crowded but went early enough before the dinner crowd. Standing out on the pier, I could see Tampa across the bay in the bottom shot.
The new cool sculpture on the pier. The first commercial airline started right here back in 1914 with a commercial flight from St. Pete to Tampa with paying customers.
Heading towards the end of the pier.
Looking up at the back of the building on the pier, it looks a little like a space ship.
Looking towards St. Pete, the sun was just starting to go down.
Walking around past the park, I could see a dolphin swimming around by the pier.
Looking out on the bay, the sun had gone down behind me.
As it gets dark, the netting over the grounds before the pier turns pink. The crowds were starting to come in so I headed home for dinner.
Far out in the bay, it was rush hour traffic on a Saturday morning. Lots of boat activity on this beautiful morning.
I found another great blue heron/ great egret hybrid at the small beach near downtown St. Pete.
After a quick walk around North Shore park, I was heading back to my car and saw the above flying into the trees in the parking lot.
All of a sudden, the tree was full of nanday parakeets. Even at the end of summer, they were in pairs and flirting. Maybe they are like humans and flirt all year round instead of just nesting season. Although due to the warm weather most of the year here, nesting season could still be going on. This couple was very affectionate.
The next tree over had monk parakeets in them. This one kept chewing on a branch.
Then his mate flew in and they started preening each other.
There were so many parakeets here on this particular morning that the sound was deafening. The wild parakeets in the area have really taken over. They are very comical to watch and are not skittish at all.
Bees and berries at Crescent Lake Park.
I found the otter again but this time he was very elusive. I got a quick peek and then he disappeared for good.
This gull should have been over at the beach. Somehow he managed to snag a small fish at the lake.
I was standing under some trees looking for the otter and heard some noise over my head. I looked up and found two juvenile anhingas looking down at me. They must be late babies. There was a tiny nest that they had outgrown but they were still too young to fly yet. Mom was sitting high up in the next tree.
After leaving Crescent Lake Park, I made the quick drive over to North Shore beach near downtown St. Pete. Someone had recently painted the small concrete pier.
Another beautiful day at the bay.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my sister Debbie!