Black bellied plover in between his summer and winter feathers.
I'm going with a piping plover juvenile. It was really tiny. Both the semipalmated and piping have yellow legs but the piping plover had the all black beak as a juvenile.
The north beach sanctuary. A small section of the birds in the roped off area. Note the osprey sitting on the top of the bush on the left.
Really??? Either they can't read or chose to ignore the signs all around the small lagoon.
Snowy egret guarding his post.
Coming into the Tampa bay.
Fort Desoto is a huge place. With the exception of maybe July 4th, there's plenty of room for everybody. There are small lagoons all over the park. There are two large fishing piers that you don't have to have a license to fish from. I don't know why the two guys in the above picture felt the need to stand in the one lagoon that is roped off and fish.They eventually wandered back over to the regular part of the beach. The birds usually stay pretty far deep in the middle of the sanctuary so you would need binoculars to identify a lot of the smaller birds there. Occasionally, a few birds wander outside of the area which is how I got the first two pictures.