I made a trip down to Fort Desoto Park in August to look for a bird. Not just any bird but one I had not seen before. A Wilson’s phalarope had been reported there for several days. I made my usual stop on the bridge going into the park and snapped the above with my phone.
I headed out to North beach and figured that even if I didn’t find the new bird it would be a great morning out.
The new bird looked a lot like the above but no, these were plain ole willets. They are common here along the beaches.
A great egret flies by.
After looking around for the new bird I walked north on the beach and found the white morph reddish egret. He’s a regular here if you can find him along the beach. He was dancing around looking for fish so even though I have a ton of pictures of him I took more (because you know, you can never have too many pictures of the same bird).
A cargo ship goes by.
Some black skimmers came flying by and one went skimming along checking out his reflection.
A cute little piping plover was walking around. He had quite a bit of bling on his legs.
A tricolored heron posed for me.
Snowy egrets lined up on the fishing pier. They were waiting for a fisherman to pull up bait fish.
A shot of the Sunshine Skyway bridge taken right into the sun.
Before leaving I stopped at the East Beach turnaround and shot the above with my phone. And no, I didn’t find that Wilson’s phalarope. There were several others there also looking for it and no one could find it again. I was right though, it was still a great morning out.