Hooded Oriole

2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Beach photography at Fort De Soto: Black-bellied Plover in flight, Red Knot, Royal Tern courtship, Least Tern courtship, Black Skimmers, Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage For years I've read about the famous Cape Coral Burrowing Owls, and this year we finally made the trip down there.... Read more

Royal Tern

It’s Skimmer Time Again!

May 10, 2019 - This pair of Royal Terns got inspired by all the nesting skimmers.... I haven't yet photographed Royal Tern chicks...maybe this year will be the year!... Read more

Royal Tern

Seashells and Shorebirds at Sanibel Beach

May 5, 2019 - Royal Tern in Flight As we meandered down the beach, we came across a colony of nesting Least Terns.... Shorebirds in Flight - Least Terns, Royal Terns, Sandwich Terns, and a Laughing Gull Least Tern courtship is all about the fish.... Read more

Royal Tern

Royal Tern Courtship

May 3, 2014 -  I never guessed that Royal Tern courtship was going to full in full swing, and I'd be at just the right place at just the right time!...  That's when I learned something great about Royal Tern courtship.... Read more

Cue the Yawn!

September 14, 2012 - This Royal Tern seems to understand how I feel at the end of the week.... Read more

Time to Grow Up!

September 11, 2012 - ...While photographing the terns at Fort De Soto over Labor Day weekend, I heard the incessant fussing of a hungry juvenile. It didn’t take me long to spot the fusser, who looked all spiffy in his fresh juvenal plumage. (Adult shorebirds at this time of year have worn feathers, and are easily distinguished from their […] Read more

Royal Tern

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 […] Read more

More from the North Beach Shores at Fort De Soto…

March 30, 2012 - Wilson's Plover A bunch of Royal Terns, Laughing Gulls, and a couple of Sandwich Terns stood in a group.  Then a group of Black Skimmers flew in.  Everybody looked so snazzy in their emerging breeding colors.  It was a little early for breeding behavior, but that will be happening soon...... Read more

Early Fall Migrants at Fort De Soto

July 24, 2011 - I think the Royal Terns were the most plentiful, followed by the Sandwich Terns.  They are hard to identify at this time of year because they are starting to molt into their basic plumage, and because there are a lot of first-year birds in their juvenal plumage.... Read more

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - Laughing Gull There were a couple of Royal Terns (right ID?) in the flock of gulls.  A pair of two terns stood aside from the crowd, keeping to themselves.... Royal Tern The Brown Pelicans are attractive at this time of year in their breeding colors.  I didn't have as many…... Read more