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 first photo outing in almost two months, on the wonderful beaches of Fort De Soto! My first Red Knot in breeding plumage… :)
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!
Rich and I visited Fort De Soto for sunset this evening. It was fun to share the park with Rich, who’s never shared my early-morning zeal for sunrises and golden-light bird photography. It was also the first time I’d been to Fort De Soto in the afternoon. We headed to East Beach first, where the light was finally right to photograph the shorebirds at the turnaround. Then we went up to North Beach for the sunset. The mosquitos weren’t bad and we had a great evening! At the East Beach turnaround, we found a small flock of shorebirds, including plovers, sandpipers, and dowitchers. Some of the birds have started to molt into their breeding plumages. Others are still in their alternate plumages. I’m not all that good at shorebird identification, and the varying plumages and half-stages make it even more difficult. :-p (If I’ve mis-identified one of these birds, please post a comment or .) A couple of Red-Breasted Mergansers came up onto shore. I’ve never seen one of these guys up close, as they don’t come often to the Circle B Bar Reserve or any of the other places where I regularly go to photograph. I thought it was […]