07-29-2012 Ft Desoto - Day 3 - Frigatepalooza

August 05, 2012  •  1 Comment

  Day 3 of my camping trip to Ft Desoto was dedicated to launching my kayak and looking for the island were I heard the Frigatebirds were roosting.  I launched at sunrise and didn't have high hopes, I wasn't sure what island and if they would be easy to find.  I checked the 2 closest islands and saw nothing, so I started the paddle to the farthest island.  Half way there, I started seeing a few Frigates soaring.  As I got closer, I drifted in so I wouldn't make the birds nervous.  I was surprised to find what looked like 50 or more Frigatebirds roosting in the mangroves and soaring overhead.  I anchored up in the best spot I could find to get good light and activity.

  I was sharing the island with a fishing boat that was working the mangroves around the island.  At one point the boat got close to where a large group was roosting and they all took flight.  That is when I was able to count over 150 in the sky and probably 100 more still on the island.  I spent about 4 hours at the island before heading back to the launch for my drive back to reality.  On the way back, a large Manatee in open water, came broadside into my kayak and did a big tail slap that almost capsized me.  The west coast manatees are not as friendly as ours.


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Dina Johnston(non-registered)
Amazing shots! So much better than the street shots I think we all got. Where's the manatee shot? I have to debate the friendly thing. I think ours are pretty friendly, at least to the west coast natives.
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