Shorebirds at Fort De Soto enjoyed splashing in front of my camera! Terns, Black-bellied Plovers, and a surprise Magnificent Frigatebird
Exceptional morning of May shorebird photography at Fort De Soto with migrant Red Knots and Least & Royal Tern courtship
April is a great time to visit Fort De Soto for shorebird photography and the possibility of migrants
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!
My ongoing quest for black belly! Black-bellied Plovers often leave Florida before completing their molt. Did I finally get one?
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!
Although it’s still really hot outside, fall migration is underway, and the shorebirds are returning to Florida’s beaches. Most of our shorebirds fly to places like Alaska and northern Canada to breed. They leave in May looking all spiffy in their breeding plumage, fly to their breeding grounds, raise their kids, and return to Florida […]
Rich and I did an overnight trip to Fort De Soto over Labor Day weekend. I got to do one of my favorite things: photograph sunset at Fort De Soto’s North Beach. It’s so beautiful there. I love the white beach and the unspoiled coastline. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought it […]
For the past three weekends in a row, I’ve planned a visit to Fort De Soto. I even planned to go and stay overnight so that I’d have more time with golden light. Then there were thunderstorms. And rain. And clouds. Two weekends in a row! So this past weekend I finally made it there. […]
Somebody needs to tell the groundhog that he really mis-predicted the weather this year. Instead of his projected early spring, we got freezing cold temperatures well into April! Still, Fort De Soto is an awesome place for springtime bird photography, even if there’s wind and cold. I spent a very pleasant evening and morning at […]
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 next year!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]