Voy, Vas, Va...
Voy, Vas, Va…I go, you go, we go…to Fort De Soto, located in Pinellas County a little south of St Petersburg, and then on to Little Estero Lagoon in Fort Meyers Florida. The 2014 Southwest Florida Bird Workshop trip headed by my friend Jack Rogers was great fun and I met a number of new folks and re-acquainted myself with some I had met at another of Jack’s workshops. This trip was my birthday present from the Editor and I had a wonderful time.
Per the Pinellas County website, Fort De Soto is “The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys)”. Another amazing example of the importance of the park's natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist with more added each year”. Although it was overcast for the most part we managed to capture photos of a good number of interesting and colorful birds including a Yellow Crowned Night Heron, some Willets, a Great Blue Heron, Ruddy Turnstones, a pair of Oystercatchers, Pelicans, Frigate Birds, Plovers and several other shorebirds.
The next leg of the journey took us to Little Estero Lagoon in Fort Meyers. This small lagoon is within walking distance of the hotel room we stayed at and is home to nesting Least Terns and several species of Plovers this time of year. We also saw some Reddish Egrets, Roseatte Spoonbills, Osprey, Frigate birds, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, ducks, and scores of Snowy and Great Egrets. I could spend a week there and not get tired of the photo opportunities.
These are but a mere sample of the nearly 900 + photos I took. Ok, these are “the cream of the crop” ( I also took hundreds of bad ones ). I learned some more tips from Jack and the others there too. Grab your coffee cup and let’s go! Voy, Vas, Va and so soon we may….and Be Blessed. Harry