Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fort Desoto birds and a new duck

My first red breasted merganser sighting. We don't get these too often in central Florida. This is the first I've heard of one being in the Tampa bay area.

Little sanderling flapping after a bath.

Black bellied plover in not-quite breeding colors. Stomach is still light colored.

Another black bellied plover that is in full breeding color.

A little corner behind the roped off area that is full of birds. Looks like a lot of royal terns and plovers. Maybe some dowitchers in there as well. I had heard red knots were at the park but I didn't see any when I was there a couple of weekends ago.

Dowitchers sleeping. Nothing like a nice nap on the beach. Although, I wouldn't want to do it standing on one leg.


  1. so cute. love those feather patterns!

  2. Nice merganser -- good eye.

  3. "A new duck" — I love it! Everyone should have a new duck. LOL — Just wonderful for you to have seen one in an area where they're seldom seen, though.
    I love sanderlings. Cute, speedy little fellas. But I've got to say I love the one-legged sleeping stance of the dowitchers best. Doesn't get much cuter than that.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. Beautiful catches Dina.
    Have a great week.

  5. Beautiful shots Dina!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  6. your merganser shot! I'm only in Florida it seems in the early spring (son's spring break), so I never get to the the Black-bellied Plovers in breeding plumage. Very cool...they are so different!

  7. Beautiful photos!! Thanks again for the look at the other side of the state!! I'm catching up scrolling back as far as I can.

  8. Look for Whimbrel at North Beach.