12-23-2012 Anna Maria Island

December 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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This was my first outing with my new travel trailer and wanted to see the Razorbills at Anna Maria Island, on the south side of Tampa Bay.  I drove over to Tampa and camped for free on the south side of the Skyway Bridge.  When woke up in the morning to drive to Anna Maria Island, I opened the door of the trailer and saw a Razorbill sitting in the bay.  I then found several Common Loons feeding in the early morning light and had to stay to take a few shots before moving on. 

At the Rod & Reel Pier, Anna Maria Island, I found over 20 Razorbills actively feeding.  It was windy and choppy, but they were so close I still managed a few good shots.  Razorbills do not belong in these warm waters, but have this year shown up in very large numbers.  There are several theories why they are here, but the effects of Hurricane Sandy on their home waters seems plausible.  The big question is how many will survive to return where they belong, many have already been washing ashore dead or near death.

 

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Camping on the Skyway

Camping on the Skyway

Common Loon sunrise

Common Loon sunrise Common Loons

Common Loons Common Loon

Common Loons Common Loon

Common Loons Razorbill

Razorbill Razorbill

Razorbill Razorbill

Razorbill Razorbill

Razorbill Razorbill

Razorbill Razorbill

Razorbill New Year

 


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