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.