Shorebirds in Flight

Early May Shorebirds at Fort De Soto

May 28, 2019 - It's the best time of the year to find Red Knots in breeding plumage, Black-bellied Plovers with actual black bellies, and enjoy the courtship activities of the birds planning to stick around for the summer.... Photographing Black-bellied Plovers in their breeding plumage has been an ongoing challenge for me.... Read more

Black-Bellied Plover

The Quest for a Black Belly Concludes?

May 26, 2014 - For several years I've made trips to Fort De Soto in the spring, hoping to find a fully molted Black-bellied Plover....  This little Black-bellied Plover ran along the waves, digging in the sand for his breakfast.... As I didn't want to disturb the Least Terns, I silently begged the Black-bellied…... Read more

Black-Bellied Plover

Sunset at Fort De Soto’s North Beach

September 8, 2013 - I turned around and saw this Black-bellied Plover, just back from his nesting grounds in Alaska....  I've been on a quest for a Black-bellied Plover in full breeding plumage, and I've tried for several springs to find one with a perfect black belly before they migrate to Alaska.... Read more

Black-Bellied Plover

Windy and Cold at Fort De Soto

April 7, 2013 -  When I first arrived, I saw several photographers, and one bird: a Black-Bellied Plover....  I hope to get back over to Fort De Soto several times before then, to photograph migrant warblers and maybe get a fully-molted Black-Bellied Plover before he heads to Alaska.... Read more

Black-Bellied Plover

A Quest for a Black Belly

May 18, 2012 - I was on a quest this spring to photograph a Black-Bellied Plover in full breeding plumage.  As I visited Fort De Soto periodically throughout their molting time, I was able to catch them at various stages of color.  I got close to catching a fully molted bird, but not quite…maybe…... Read more

Sunrise at Fort De Soto

April 23, 2011 - Willet I know the Black-Bellied Plovers are pretty common at Fort De Soto, but this was the closest I've been to photographing one in breeding colors.  I'd love to go back in a few weeks and see the all-black tummy.... Black-Bellied Plover I enjoyed watching the little Ruddy Turnstones as…... Read more

Black-Bellied Plover

Beautiful Morning at Fort De Soto

November 23, 2010 - Least Sandpiper The Black-Bellied Plovers' winter plumage is so different than their summer colors that I saw in September.... Black-Bellied Plover https://vimeo.com/341093593 Bird List: American Goldfinch, Black and White Warbler, Black-Bellied Plover, Black-Crowned Night Heron (juvenile), Black Skimmer, Brown Pelican, Dunlin, Eastern Phoebe, Herring Gull, House Wren, Laughing Gull, Least…... Read more

My First Trip to Fort De Soto

September 4, 2010 - Black Skimmer Royal Tern Royal Tern with fish Black Skimmer Laughing Gull Royal Tern with fish I was starting to lose track of all the bird I'd seen, but I was pretty sure that I hadn't taken this guy's picture yet.  I got home and identified him as a Black-Bellied…... Read more