Friday, July 10, 2015

A Fish Heist At Carlos Pointe: Pt. I

It was surreal to drive along Estero Boulevard and Fort Myers Beach on the morning after the Independence Day holiday.


The sunrise above (image 1) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

It appeared I was one of few up and about save a few pedestrians in the predawn hour about while on my way to Carlos Pointe. Bud Tom Obrock had told me of the Black Skimmer fuzzballs that were abundant there a few days earlier.


The fisherman above (image 2) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The fishermen above (image 3) were photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Roseate Spoonbill above (image 4) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Least Tern above (image 5) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Snowy Plover incubating eggs above (image 6) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer chick above (image 7) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

The birds were active over Big Carlos Pass as were the fishermen shortly before sunrise. Certainly nothing unusual about that. After parking I was eager to cross the bridge and see the action at Carlos Pointe up close.


The Black Skimmer chick above (image 8) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 9) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer chick above (image 10) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer above (image 11) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 12) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 13) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

A dozen or so Roseate Spoonbills immediately caught my attention at the pool. The purpose of the circus flags that are hung over the water there are a mystery. I should have asked one of the wildlife volunteers that were seen this day who is responsible for them.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 14) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 15) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 16) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 17) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 18) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey and chick above (image 19) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

The next thing of interest as I walked north were the owl decoys. My thought was that they were to deter other predator birds that would readily consume the chicks and juveniles that are abundant at this venue this time of year.


The Black Skimmer with chick and Laughing Gull above (image 20) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with Laughing Gull above (image 21) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 22) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with prey above (image 23) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 24) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with Laughing Gull above (image 25) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

Well, my attention was next focused on the Black Skimmer colony. It was here that I would settle down and observe. Although I was tempted on a few occasions to get closer to the wildlife, it was rewarding enough to watch the action from the point where its was impossible to identify the decoys without very close scrutiny.


The Laughing Gull above (image 26) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 27) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 28) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 29) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer with chick above (image 30) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Snowy Plover above (image 31) was photographed at Carlos Point in July 2015.

There was a very modest breeze this particular morning which made the flight of the birds unpredictable though I managed to occasionally stay with them. There was a recurring auto focus opportunity. This venue had previously been of interest to me for observation of a Red-necked Phalarope.


The Brown Pelican above (image 32) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Common Ground Dove above (image 33) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The juvenile Little Blue Heron above (image 34) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.


The Black Skimmer above (image 35) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

A small flock of Laughing Gulls were assessing the situation.


The Black Skimmer above (image 36) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in July 2015.

Please also see A Fish Heist At Carlos Point: Pt. II

8 comments:

  1. Wow, lovely series of this gorgeous birds !
    Have a nice weekend
    Greetings,
    Maria

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  2. It's a long story about the flags - quick version has to do with the residents wanting their private piece - the funny thing is that the birds have gotten used to those flags now.
    Bob - love that photo of the Skimmers's bellies - an interesting angle for sure.
    Happy Birding!

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    1. Thank you, France. Enjoy your observations. I look forward to meeting up with you.

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  3. A great series. I'm glad you dropped a comment on my site today, otherwise I would not have found your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Steve. I'm glad you found my blog. In yours it is fun to see what's happening in Massachusetts.

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