Long-Billed Curlew

May 11, 2012 - I wanted to go to Fort De Soto this morning, to try for a Black-Bellied Plover in full breeding plumage.  But it was a long week, and I opted to relax instead.  So here’s an image from several weeks ago…  

East Beach Sunrise

May 9, 2012 - I had fun photographing the sunrise on the morning that I went to Fort De Soto to look for migrants.  When I arrived at the East Beach turnaround, the sun was just beginning to peek out from over the horizon.  I spotted a Great Blue Heron near me, so I tried to position him for […]

Piggy-Back Rides – Fort De Soto Laughing Gulls

May 4, 2012 - I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to photograph Laughing Gull courtship behaviors over the past two weekends at Fort De Soto.  My mom asked me, “what’s with your recent interesting in photographing…that?”  Well, it’s fun!  Birds can be such clowns when it comes to flirting.  And what photographer can resist a good action shot? The courtship begins […]

A Rainbow of Color at Fort De Soto

April 29, 2012 - After last weekend’s fallout of migratory birds at Fort De Soto, I so wanted to take a vacation day on Monday to go birding there.  But I was good and responsible…and I went over on my next off-Friday.  Wow!  It was my first migration experience and it was just incredible.  I had a total of […]

Preview of Coming Attractions…

April 27, 2012 - I had the most incredible day today!  I went to Fort De Soto to check out the migrants, and I finally got my first Scarlet Tanager male, along with a ton of orioles, grosbeaks, buntings, and a few warblers.  Birders kept telling me that today was a “slow” day in comparison to last weekend’s fallout…but […]

A Stop at the Fort De Soto Pier

April 25, 2012 - While we were at Fort De Soto last weekend, I told Rich that we needed to stop at the Gulf Pier to look for dolphins, and maybe sea turtles.  Rich went along, but didn’t expect to see much.  When we arrived, we were seeing dolphins every five seconds!  They are hard to photograph, though, because […]

Three Hours Sitting in One Spot at Fort De Soto

April 24, 2012 - 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 […]

Escape to Fort De Soto

April 23, 2012 - Rich and I took a much-needed day off from work last Friday and escaped to Fort De Soto for a weekend photography adventure.  We were glad we went Thursday night, which allowed us to get in one day of photography before the rains came.  And of course, we missed the terrific migrant activity that the […]

More from the North Beach Shores at Fort De Soto…

March 30, 2012 - I had such a good morning at Fort De Soto a few weekends ago, and it’s taken me that long to finish going through my images!  I had four lifers that day: Common Loon, Red Knot, Lark Sparrow, and my first non-captive Great Horned Owls, with baby!  Combine that opportunity with the awesome light at […]

Long-Billed Curlew

March 16, 2012 - Can you imagine going through life with a bill as long as your foot?  I watch the Long-Billed Curlew at Fort De Soto preening, and he amazes me.  That long bill is great for digging up crabs from deep in the sand, but it’s pretty awkward to use to scratch an itch!  I was rewarded […]

Shades of Red

March 15, 2012 - The White Ibises at Fort De Soto last weekend were sporting some very brilliant breeding colors.  A group of them fed for me in the little pool near the concession stand on the North Beach.  When bright white birds with great red beaks stand there patiently pulling crab after crab out of the water, it […]

Looney Tunes

March 12, 2012 - I saw my first-ever loon yesterday at Fort De Soto.  I’m pretty sure he’s a Common Loon.  He was swimming not too far from shore along the North Beach.  I had been thinking how neat it would be to see a loon, then I looked up, and there one was!  Not many mornings give you […]

My Turn!

March 11, 2012 - Two years ago, Dyeyo found a Great Horned Owl nest at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  He showed me his pictures, and I went with him the next weekend to see the babies, but they had already fledged.  Ever since then, I’ve been itching to have “my turn” with Great Horned owlets.  Today my turn […]

Eyes on You

October 13, 2011 - I photographed this Osprey at Fort De Soto park two weeks ago. I thought it was cool how he flew directly at the camera, with both eyes looking straight ahead. He dove several times for fish, but he went away empty-taloned.

"Sunrise" Skyway and Fort De Soto Birds

October 2, 2011 - The best colors of sunrise are often about half an hour before sunrise, and this morning the colors were totally worth the early wake-up call and two-hour drive to Fort De Soto!  I arrived around 6:45 and made my way to East Beach, where the sun was just starting to show itself on the horizon.  […]

Early Fall Migrants at Fort De Soto

July 24, 2011 - Rich says I must have lost my marbles.  I got up at 4:45 this morning and drove to St. Pete in order to search for Marbled Godwits.  It’s been a few months since I’ve gone to the beach, and I was in the mood for some nice shorebird photography.  It’s funny that after photographing lots […]

Of Drunken Sailors and Crab Legs (Fort De Soto)

May 21, 2011 - After a long week at work, I was itching for a photography adventure.  So I got up at 4 on Saturday morning and drove to Fort De Soto for sunrise.  But I did have a great morning at North Beach, enjoying especially the antics of the Reddish Egrets.  They are too funny! I arrived just […]

Sunrise at Fort De Soto

April 23, 2011 - Rich came with me to Fort De Soto for sunrise this morning.  He can’t remember the last time he watched the sun rise!  We went to East Beach to see the sun come up over the Sunshine Skyway.  Then we went the North Beach lagoon, then we found the famous mulberry trees.  It was a […]

Sunset at Fort De Soto

April 22, 2011 - Rich and I visited Fort De Soto for sunset this evening.  It was fun to share the park with Rich, who’s never shared my early-morning zeal for sunrises and golden-light bird photography.  It was also the first time I’d been to Fort De Soto in the afternoon.  We headed to East Beach first, where the […]

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - I drove over to Fort De Soto on Saturday morning in hopes of finding some early migrant warblers.  There have also been a Reddish Egret in full breeding plumage and a Long-Billed Curlew hanging out at the North Beach lagoon.  I had high hopes of some good photography, but unfortunately, it was a pretty quiet […]

Beautiful Morning at Fort De Soto

November 23, 2010 - Dyeyo and I visited Fort De Soto this morning. After my last trip there in September, I was looking forward to beaches covered in birds. But the North Beach was almost totally empty! We ran into a nice couple from England who have been vacationing at De Soto for the last month. They said that […]

Fort De Soto Panorama

September 5, 2010 - I stitched together some pictures from yesterday’s trip to Fort De Soto and made a panorama: I also made a little video of the birds on the beach…

My First Trip to Fort De Soto

September 4, 2010 - After hearing about Fort De Soto from birders all over the state, I finally drove over there to check it out. It was everything that people said, and better! I’m not all that familiar with the shorebirds. Before I went today, I couldn’t tell a sandpiper from a plover — and hopefully some of the […]