Fort De Soto

Fort De Soto is incredible for bird photography! My favorite time to go is in the spring, when the birds are in their breeding colors, and around September, when the terns congregate prior to migrating. The entire park is good for birding, but my favorite places are North Beach, the East Beach Turnaround, and the Mulberry bush area and East Beach woods (for migrating birds). Photography advice: Take every lens you can carry! I use my long lens for bird portraits and far-off rarities, my intermediate telephoto for flight shots, and my wide-angle for landscapes. Fort De Soto is one of those rare places where you can photograph both sunrise and sunset over the ocean!

Photography Advice

Check the website for road closures before you go!

Website

http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm

Fort De Soto Blog Archives

  • April Showers Bring…May Migrants!

    April Showers Bring…May Migrants!

    A cold front blew in migrant birds to Fort De Soto yesterday - lots of Bay-breasted Warblers, Indigo Buntings, tanagers, grosbeaks, and more!
  • Nanday Parakeets and Yellow Flowers

    Nanday Parakeets and Yellow Flowers

    Why would two photographers hop out on the side of the road? To photograph Nanday Parakeets in yellow flowers, of course!
  • Migrant-Hunting at Fort De Soto with my Dad

    Migrant-Hunting at Fort De Soto with my Dad

    A search for Fort De Soto migrants yielded Summer Tanager, Hermit Thrush, Orchard Oriole, and my one of my favorite birds: Roseate Spoonbill!
  • Fort de Soto Photography in Early April

    Fort de Soto Photography in Early April

    April is a great time to visit Fort De Soto for shorebird photography and the possibility of migrants
  • Seahorse Surprise at Fort De Soto

    Seahorse Surprise at Fort De Soto

    Fort de Soto's North Beach never disappoints. This time, it turned up a Ring-billed Gull with a seahorse surprise!
  • Say Goodbye to the Shorebirds

    Say Goodbye to the Shorebirds

    I headed to Fort De Soto in early May to say goodbye to the shorebirds as they leave for their breeding grounds. I saw two Snowy Plovers!
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Fort De Soto!

    Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Fort De Soto!

    A tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Fort De Soto let me photograph him as he re-fueled on his long migration journey.
  • Vacation Beginnings at Fort De Soto

    Vacation Beginnings at Fort De Soto

    My first photo outing in almost two months, on the wonderful beaches of Fort De Soto! My first Red Knot in breeding plumage... :)
  • Banded Piping Plover Information

    Banded Piping Plover Information

    The USGS Bird Banding Lab replied to me about the banded Piping Plovers that I saw at Fort De Soto back in September.
  • Crazy Photographer Alert

    Crazy Photographer Alert

    Rich captured some fun images of me from Fort De Soto. He had his first-of-fall crazy photographer sighting!
  • Fall Getaway to Fort De Soto

    Fall Getaway to Fort De Soto

    Rich and I escaped for a fall getaway to Fort De Soto, where we photographed migrating shorebirds and pretty Roseate Spoonbills
  • Lifer Snowy Plover at Fort De Soto!

    Lifer Snowy Plover at Fort De Soto!

    I scored my lifer Snowy Plover last week at Fort De Soto, along with several Piping Plovers. It was a four-plover trip! Not bad!
  • Magnificent Frigatebirds with my Dad

    Magnificent Frigatebirds with my Dad

    My dad and I had a great time photographing some Magnificent Frigatebirds at Fort De Soto. A great way to celebrate his birthday!
  • Shorebirds Leaving Florida for the Summer

    Shorebirds Leaving Florida for the Summer

    The shorebirds are leaving Florida for their nesting grounds. I photographed some of them in breeding colors at Fort De Soto a few weeks ago
  • The Quest for a Black Belly Concludes?

    The Quest for a Black Belly Concludes?

    My ongoing quest for black belly! Black-bellied Plovers often leave Florida before completing their molt. Did I finally get one?
  • Least Tern Fish Exchanges and Courtship

    Least Tern Fish Exchanges and Courtship

    Two weeks ago at Fort De Soto I got to photograph Least Tern fish exchanges and courtship rituals on North Beach. It was so much fun!
  • Beach Bird Heuristics for Rich

    Beach Bird Heuristics for Rich

    When my non-photographer hubby accompanied me to Fort De Soto, I gave him tips on finding good beach birds, like my very first Whimbrel!
  • Least Tern Fish Exchanges

    Least Tern Fish Exchanges

    On my last trip to Fort De Soto I photographed several Least Tern fish exchanges as these tiny birds performed their courtship rituals.
  • More Migrant Songbirds at Fort De Soto

    More Migrant Songbirds at Fort De Soto

    More shots of migrant songbirds at Fort De Soto, including a lifer Bay-breasted Warbler and some great American Redstarts.
  • Royal Tern Courtship

    Royal Tern Courtship

    I finally got to photograph Royal Tern courtship. The Royal Terns exchanged fish and crabs before mating on North Beach. What a fun morning!