Shore Birds and Ospreys

Last Sunday we went to Lovers Key State Park for a little pre-vacation sunning. There were several large flocks of shore birds there, including Royal Terns, Black Skimmers, and Ring-billed Gulls.  There’s also a pair of nesting Ospreys near the southern end of Lovers Key. Here are two photo sets showing these Shore Birds and Ospreys. (The two pictures of the 2 Royal Terns are worth commenting on: I presume this was a courtship ritual, as the terns have the distinctive black breeding plumage on the crown of their heads, but for at least ten minutes, one was trying to get the attention of the other; (s)he was either not interested or playing hard to get!)

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Here’s the slideshow of the two Osprey and their nest just off the beach. They appear to be on the smaller side for the species (at least to my untrained eye).

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Birds along Naples Beach

This past Tuesday was the first day in a long time that we didn’t have rain here in Southwest Florida. My phone’s weather app told me it was 93 degrees, but that it “feels like 101.” In fact, it was a perfect beach day — hot, sunny, with just enough of a slight sea breeze to fend off the word “stifling.”  Invited by a new friend to go to the beach in Naples, we took a long walk and I was able to capture a few images of birds along the way. I’m pretty sure the names in the caption for each of the birds below is correct … but if I’ve gotten anything wrong, just let me know!

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Lovers Key State Park – Estuary/Photo Tour

On Thursday (July 18), we took a great Estuary/Photo tour at Florida’s Lovers Key State Park, just south of Fort Myers Beach. Although the day was overcast and the light not the best for photography, our volunteer guide lead a 90-minute walk around the park, pointing out good spots for great shots, and giving photography tips for shooting nature and wildlife.  Here are just a few of my better pictures.

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