An early rising brought me to the beach and as always I was pleased with my encounters. Come along and see....
A couple Dragonflies were spinning around before they landed by my feet, I watched for a bit before they flew off again.
I'm not quite sure what that was about, so you be the judge.
I was then drawn to a 'shell' art - just beautiful to see this gratitude message with the shorebirds on top.
|Then, the sunrise in all its glory - nature is beautiful just as it is.|
|A small group of Sandwich Terns - take a look at their bill and see how it looks as if they dipped it in mustard - of course the last one on the right has yet to reach that stage since he's still maturing.|
|A little pool within the sandy beach was a perfect spot for this Snowy Egret's breakfast.|
|It was hard to peel away from the Snowy at first but I soon was distracted by the Black-bellied Plover and the Sanderling.|
|Shortly after I went to the Lighthouse to check things out - a walk along the dirt trail provided good viewing of a Skipper.|
|Isn't it amazing how they look when we can see the details up close - I didn't realize how 'hairy looking' this guy was.|
|I then went near the pier and saw this Loggerhead Sea Turtle - well, what's left of it. It most likely suffered from propeller injuries and then became food for the sea life.|
|The turtle was reported and will be removed from the beach after detailed information is taken and recorded with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.|
|Take a look at this back limb -isn't it just incredible that they can create a perfect cylinder chamber to deposit their eggs in with such a large flipper? Isn't nature just amazing?|
|On the other side of the Pier, a dark morph of the Reddish Egret with Snowy Egrets - all seemingly waiting for a hand out from the fisherman.|
|A Willet was nearby - a one leg willet.|
|On my way back to the car, I heard and saw several Eastern Kingbird - I though he looked a little scruffy - so, he cleaned up his act ....|