Fort DeSoto Park, a Place like no Other

October 13, 2020 Birds, Documentaries, My Solo Trip

My trip through the most beautiful regions of North America has brought me to Fort DeSoto Park in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida.

White pelicans arriving during the fall migration, Photography © Victoria Restrepo

This sanctuary of flora and fauna is a unique and wonderful place, with more than 328 species of birds, it is a treasure for the eyes and the spirit.

The early morning light was so perfect!

Traveling with my cameras, through this place is a privilege, contemplative photography allows me to explore and discover the beauty in each one of the beautiful ecosystems of this wonderful park.

Terns are seabirds in the family Laridae that have a worldwide distribution and are normally found near the sea, rivers, or wetlands. 

Everyday I drive for 15 minutes to the park entrance, during the summer the sun was up before the gate was open but fall allows me to enjoy the sunrise everyday and to capture the birds when they just wake up.

The American oystercatcher, was renamed in 1731 when the bird was seen eating oysters.
Adult oystercatchers tend to teach their young the technique open the oysters
Brown Pelicans are strong swimmers and masterful fliers
A foraging pelican spots a fish from the air and dives head-first from as high as 65 feet over the ocean
Pelicans usually feed above estuaries and shallow ocean waters within 12 miles of shore
As it plunges into the water, its throat pouch expands to trap the fish, filling with up to 2.6 gallons of water.

This documentary was filmed during four months of daily visits to the park, mostly during the summer and the beginning of fall. It is my personal view of the incredible biodiversity of this amazing place.


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