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Dry Tortugas National Park: April 8-12, 2009

 


 

Once again I had an amazing spring journey to Dry Tortugas National Park. Bird migration was fairly slow compared to years past, but I always find subjects to photograph in the tortugas! Enjoy!!

 

The dock at Loggerhead Key

 

The full moon rises over Bush Key

 

female Magnificent Frigatebird hovering over her nest

 

Loggerhead Lighthouse

 

Magnificent Frigatebird chick

 

The Edge

 

Magnificent Frigatebird male displaying

 

Fort Jefferson at dusk

 

Sooty Terns are known for not returning to land for years at a time,

so it's unique to photograph one of these guys with an island for a background!

 

Dawn tiptoes in with a palette of pastels set against the Fort Jefferson harbor light

 

Life and Death: Merlin devours a Pectoral Sandpiper

 

Caught at the perfect moment, Loggerhead Lighthouse stands before the sunset

 

Prothonotary Warbler

 

the elegant plumage of the Brown Noddy

 

Fort Jefferson, a truly unique and wonderful spot

 

Magnificent Frigatebird (female)

 

Buttonwoods frame the Fort Jefferson Harbor Light

 

A bird of the wide open prairies of North and South America, the Upland Sandpiper

seems a bit out of place on a subtropical island! I hope he made it to Kansas or wherever he was headed...

 


 

Want to view more? Check out my trips in 2008 and 2006.

 


 

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