Friday, February 20, 2015

Banded Piping Plover at Fort Desoto


Cool, windy afternoon at Fort Desoto Park on Feb 14. 2015.  Not many birds along the beach or on the fishing piers.....way too windy!
 
 
 
Great birding spot along the Great Florida Birding Trail....guarding the entrance to Tampa Bay.
 
 

Olivia Scott photo
 
Bad hair day for this Snowy Egret (Egreta thula)....one of the few birds on the pier, looking for a handout.
 
 
 
 
 
And an uncommon Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) with ruffled feathers, trying to keep warm!  Not much else around the pier...
So....off to the southern end of the park where the shallow beach is protected from the NW wind and there should be some "peeps."
 
 
 

This is a great little birding spot.  Shallow beach....great feeding spot for wintering "peeps"....and a wonderful view of the Sunshine Skyway.
 
 
 
"Peepsville"....let us see what we can see today!
 
Quite a few feeding Dowitchers.....Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus), I believe.  Seen in this same spot for several winters....must be some tasty invertebrates buried in the sand.
 
 
 
In the foreground here, a Dunlin (Calidris alpina)...smaller than the Dowitchers and with the characteristic drooping bill.
 
 
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  common on our winter Gulf of Mexico beaches.
 
 
 
Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)....standing guard while the little birds forage the shallows.
 
 
 
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The highlight of the day was this little guy.....a banded Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus).
 
Facebook's Florida Banded Bird Resightings page, I sent the above photo to
 
 
Jared A. Stirling
Biologist
US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
Threatened and Endangered Species Section
 
Got nice e-mail reply
 
Hi Steven,
Thanks for reporting this banded piping plover! This bird was banded as a chick by researchers from Virginia Tech in July 2012 on the Missouri River near Yankton, SD. Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions.
-Meryl
 
 
Meryl Friedrich – meryl2@vt.edu
Meryl is a Research Specialist with the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program. She earned a B.A. from Denison University, double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. Since 2011, her work on the Missouri River piping plover and least tern project has included analyzing the mate and site fidelity of Piping Plovers on the Missouri River, managing the database, and corresponding with people who resight color banded plovers on the wintering grounds.
 
 
Above is a link to the wonderful VT Shorebird website......worth a look.
 
And THANKS Meryl, your e-mail made a cold afternoon of birding into a memorable trip!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in B&W

 
 
Located in urban Ft Myers, this pocket preserve is a great photo op with a nice boardwalk through a cypress swamp.
 










 
 
 











 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Pelican Dreams"

Great new documentary video "Pelican Dreams" opening this Friday in Sarasota (Burnt Court Cinema).  Director Judy Irving also did "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," so it should be GREAT!
Here's link to the trailer  
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Myakka landscapes

 Myakka River State Park is Florida's largest at 45 square miles of river, oak hammock and prairie.  It is a great birding spot....but on some days you don't see much, so you have time to appreciate the beautiful landscapes.  This was a great outing.....late afternoon light and super clouds.


 





 



 
 
 
 




 



 
 
 



 
 
 



 
 
 



 
 
 




 


Make sure to get out and see the park....hiking, camping, wildlife, birding, kayak & canoeing, priceless scenery!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-necked Stilt

 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  seen in early November at Myakka River State Park, Florida
 










 



Yes, they are Long -billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus).
 
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Long-tailed Skipper

 Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus).  Early fall here in SW Florida......expecting many more species as the season progresses.



Photos taken at Stump Pass Beach State Park  with Nikon D3300....new to me and so far I really like it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Great Eggfly Butterfly of SE Asia

 The Great Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina)  is a member of the nymphalidae family and found in South and SE Asia, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and islands in the South Pacific.


 I found this one in the butterfly garden of The Pullman Resort  on China Beach (now called Danang or My Khe Beach) in Danang.


Thanks to my friend, entomologist, Lien Vu, for ID help.  I hope to see him soon in Vietnam.....and get some more great butterfly photos.  Check out his photos here Lien Vu on P Base  And thanks to the beautiful Pullman Resort for their lovely butterfly garden.