Beyond the Backyard

What a Mouthful!

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What a Mouthful for a Juvenile Brown Pelican

Tonight’s is going to be a short post, as I am putting the final details on my photography presentation that I will give this Friday as guest speaker at the Trout Lake Nature Center.  I’m really looking forward to sharing some fun images with some great people.  While I’ve been approached several times through my website to do a presentation like this, this is the first time that I’ve had the time to invest in preparing it.  I hope it’s as much fun as I think it will be! Today’s image is of a juvenile Brown Pelican that I found on the beach at Indian Rocks this weekend.  Pelicans are some of my dad’s favorite birds to photograph at the beach, and you can almost always find a friendly tame approachable one at Indian Rocks.  This bird had a small piece of wood that he kept tossing up and down.  I knelt down low to get the soft blue ocean behind him, then held down the shutter each time he aimed his open mouth at me.  Look at the details of his pouch!   We speculated that this juvie bird was tossing around the bark to practice handling fish in […]

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Sunset at Fort De Soto’s North Beach

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Sunset on North Beach

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 was great.  We came across this writing in the sand: We had our off-Friday before the long weekend, so we headed to the beach on Thursday afternoon in order to avoid the holiday crowds.  I was happy to find the beach deserted except for dozens of Sandwich Terns and Royal Terns.  There were lots of juveniles in the flock, all begging to be fed.  Mom would basically stand there and ignore them.  After they pestered her enough, she’d fly off and encourage them to go fishing with her.  Sometimes it worked.  Often the juvie would stay back on the beach, pouting! The afternoon light on the beach is so sweet.  I waded into the ocean in order to get the right angle for the shot of the terns above. As the sun started to set, I put on my wide-angle lens and looked for sunset […]