11 October 2008

Fort Pickens is Gorgeous in Fall!

The last Santa Rosa Area loggerhead nest still hasn't hatched, but I could hear the hatchlings this morning. The cool fall weather must be slowing them down a little, but it certainly is making the other animals happy!

This SNPL (snowy plover) seems to find people's footprints a cozy place to hide from the brisk morning breeze. You can even see the toe marks!

The egrets were everywhere this morning, which makes me happy when my camera is ready. This one reminds me of an angel, corny I know, but that's me sometimes.

I really needed a pick-me-up today. Somehow getting out in the field, working with sea turtles and watching shore birds run in the waves takes me away from myself. It's a good thing!

If you've read this blog before, you know I love RUTUs (ruddy turnstones). This little guy is looking for snacks in the pre-Ivan road ruins that were unearthed again when Ike passed by.

It's amazing how much the island can change overnight!

The west end of the island is really shaping up...

The fort looks great...

Some of the buildings even have park staff living in them again, though they need generators for power.

Even the marsh is healthy and full.

It's such a great place to call an 'office'. I'll really miss it here!


Robert V. Sobczak said...

Perfect blend of words and images. It it sad that you'll be leaving: but for us, through your blog, its off to another adventure, and more coastal scenery!

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Eri Hariono said...

aww Kirsten, you have a truly wonderful life with nature...wish could do the same; anyhoo I love your pictures here, so stunning!

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Katie said...

I LOVE your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos. One of my favorite things about visiting Florida are all of the birds. I live in the midwest - and as you can imagine we don't have many pelicans or plovers running around. We are headed to Perdido key in a few weeks for the first time and I have been following your blog and looking forward to our upcoming trip!

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