We spent night in Orlando, then drove south to St Pete's morning. Turkey Vultures filled the skies, while Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawks, Loggerhead Shrikes, and White Ibis were seen along the roadsides. Once in St. Petersburg we checked into the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel. Talk about ritzy; everywhere we look there are black or silver BMW, Audi, Lexus, Cadillac. And we arrive in a bright red POS Chevy Cruze... We were early for check-in, so we headed to the pool to relax before lunch.
morning began with a run down to the pier. White Ibis were foraging in the park to our right while small flocks of Boat-tailed Grackles, Laughing Gulls, and Brown Pelicans worked the shoreline and bay to our left. While running along the pier I spotted a Common Loon just a few yards out. It was cool and humid so the roadway was very slippery, which made it easier to scan for birds while we ran.
|Laughing Gull and Snowy Egret doing a quick-step|
|American Golden Plover|
We were happily surprised to see a pair of Magnificent Frigatebirds (adult male and female) soaring overhead as we drove out of the park, but I was unable to pull over due to traffic. Ughhh!
|Little Blue Heron|
|Little Blue Heron - Sony RX100 III|
|Green Heron - Sony RX100 III|
|Little Blue Heron - Nikon 1 V3|
|Green Heron - Nikon 1 V3|
The Short-tailed Hawk that flew over the car as we left the reserve was a great ending to a nice birding weekend. Robin and I headed back to Orlando for an overbite stay before flying home . Can't wait to see Buffy and Asia, and the new bathroom!