Monday, September 12, 2011

North Beach Sanctuary at Fort Desoto


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. 


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23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful spot. The shots of the water birds are great.

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  2. I love your shots of the birds, too! And what a lovely place! Wonderful look at your world, Dina! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  3. I guess some people are super thick!! Great close ups. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. that second plover is adorable! so sweet looking! and i always love the snowy's feet!

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  5. That young fella is so cute! Great shot!
    As for the fishermen — some men are so arrogant they figure the sign means everyone but them. You probably scared them off with your camera.
    — K

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

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  6. Beautiful bird photo's, I love the first two and the one of the egret.

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  7. I just lvoe the cute plovers. The snowy egret is also a favorite. Lovely photos, Dina!

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  8. I love these birds and this area! Great photos, Dina!

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  9. Hello all,

    Really nice site you have created about wild birds. The sanctuary is the largest wild bird hospital in the U.S. based on the admission of over 8,000 injured birds each year. It is set up to immediately triage, stabilize and administer fluids to malnourished or injured birds. The Sanctuary has received thousands of emails and calls from around the world from concerned groups and individuals. Thanks a lot.....

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  10. Thank you for getting those birds to show us and the re are idiots wherever we look. Some people just believe that the law does not apply to them.
    Beautiful photos that you are sharing with Our World, thank you.

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  11. Hi there - cant you see the fine print: "This sign applies to everyone else, but not me"!

    Still, the other pictures are good and at least the birds seemed intelligent!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  12. Beautiful place, great shots... your header shot is great

    Samson's Photoblog

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  13. An amazing piece of blogging here Dina. Your pictures brilliantly show this fragile sea shore and your text informs the eyes perfectly! Fantastic!

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  14. Wonderful images Dina... it looks like a lovely shore to visit...

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  15. Great photos of the shorebirds. We have trouble out here also with people who apparently can't read signs!

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  16. Lovely images, Dina! My favourite is Snowy Egret - such a beauty:)

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  17. You got some lovely shots there.

    A sad fact of life that some people choose to disregard the 'warning' signs.

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  18. Brilliant post Dina. Love that Piping Plover. As others have said there will always be those few who think that the signs don't apply to them.

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  19. these are just brilliant....i LOVE the egret!!!

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  20. dina....the hummingbirds begin to appear in new jersey, the end of april and stay all summer. i did not see them in june, i have heard they spend most of their time in the nest. they came all summer but i have not seen any in the last few days so i believe their season is over. my photo's were taken thru a glass window, the feeder is suction cupped to the window!!

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  21. You just helped me with an ID! I saw a black bellied plover here on Long Island this morning but didn't get a chance to look it up yet. All your photos are just wonderful!

    Kat
    http://inmydreamssfk.blogspot.com/

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  22. Sweet photos...the Egret is tops!

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