A morning spent at Fort De Soto six years ago today

Juvenile Black SkimmerJuvenile Black Skimmer

Six years ago this morning I was photographing birds at Fort De Soto County Park and I wanted to share a few images and memories of that day.

I started photographing birds right after the sun came up and this juvenile Black Skimmer was among the first birds I pointed my lens at.

Sandwich TernsSandwich Terns

It wasn’t long before I found myself photographing a pair of Sandwich Terns kind of having a fight over a driftwood perch.

Wood StorkWood Stork

And then the largest wading bird on the beach that morning, a Wood Stork giving me the eye.

Juvenile American OystercatcherJuvenile American Oystercatcher

This American Oystercatcher juvenile was special to me, I had watched and photographed it since it was only two days old. It was always a delight to photograph it as it grew and flourished.

Semipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover

Then I photographed a few little plovers foraging, walking and fluffing their feathers on the sandy beach. This Semipalmated Plover had been preening and fluffed its feathers before heading out to forage.

Piping PloverPiping Plover

The Piping Plover wasn’t too far away from the Semipalmated Plover as it foraged while heading down the beach, I like how in this image its size can be compared to the preening Sandwich Tern in the background.

It was a delightful morning with the birds I love.



  1. Elephant's Child September 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    A very, very beautiful morning. Thank you.

  2. Tami September 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Looks like such a magical spot, Mia. Your images from DeSoto are always stunning. Love the teeny Piping Plover!

  3. Patty Chadwick September 4, 2014 at 8:15 am

    At my age, and after four children and all the angst that implies, anything to do with a stork makes me nervous! Great shot, anyway…love the series. Those skimmers are so bizarre looking…

  4. Sarah Mayhew September 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Love the photos! Especially the juvenile Skimmer! Have to get back there sometime. Such great photo ops! 🙂

  5. Sherry in Mt September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    If your photos don’t encourage every bird photographer to head there immediately then all is lost. I’m thinking it might have to land on my bucket list, you have me so intrigued.

  6. Lois Bryan September 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

    What a lovely morning that was … thank you for sharing it with us!!!!!

  7. Bob Bushell September 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Great photos Mia.

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