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Three Hours Sitting in One Spot at Fort De Soto

Rich and I returned to North Beach at Fort De Soto on Friday morning.  It was great – he dropped me off, went to get breakfast, and brought me breakfast on the beach!  What a great hubby.  In the meantime, I had found a couple of Laughing Gulls demonstrating courtship behaviors at the tidal pool by the concession stand.  I plopped down in the sand with The Beast.  Three hours later, I still hadn’t moved.  It was a great morning, with all sorts of fun birds parading past me as I watched and waited.

It didn’t take long for a large flock of Black Skimmers to join the gulls at my tidal pool.  The light was awesome in the early morning.  I love how the water sparkles with the colors of the sunrise.  The skimmers came to roost in front of me, and every so often, a Herring Gull would fly by and spook them.  The entire flock would take off, circle around, and eventually return to me.  It made for some fun flight shots.

I had hoped the Reddish Egret White Morph would pose for me.  I have plenty of shots of his cousin Big Red, but I’ve only seen the White Morph once.  Lucky for me, I was able to focus fast as he flew by…

More fun from Fort De Soto coming in tomorrow’s post…

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