Dry Tortugas National Park: April
I had a wonderful return trip to a
unique national treasure...
A Brown Noddy against a backdrop of
Fort Jefferson greets the dawn
in the final minutes of daylight,
the sun melts and spills its light into the ocean
male Blackpoll Warbler
Stalagmite-like formations from
rainwater slowly seeping through the fort roof
A close-up of a male Magnificent
Frigatebird with his gular sac (for display) inflated; notice the
iridescent feathers that are typically not easy to see on this
Twilight at the fort
Snorkeling anyone? This is part of
the view from the Loggerhead lighthouse.
between two bastions in golden
welcome to Loggerhead Key
Magnolia Warbler at the fountain
inside the parade grounds of Fort Jefferson
seagrass surrounding Fort Jefferson
- right along the seawall there are a variety of corals as well
a silent cannon...with a view
Broad-winged Hawk watching warblers
drink from the fountain
It's a real treat to see the Sooty
Terns nesting on Bush Key; especially when you know that these birds
are known to their ability to aloft for years at a time.
Dr. Samuel Mudd's cell
a female Magnificent Frigatebird (7
ft wing span; 3 lbs in weight)
Sooty Terns stretch their wings and
take flight at dawn
Cattle Egret stalks the parade
grounds of Fort Jefferson for both insects and small birds
A Masked Booby pair from the only
breeding colony in the contiguous U.S.
Parade grounds and harbor light;
A Magnificent Frigatebird sitting
on her nest
A long exposure before dawn.
On the left side of this image you
can see some of the results of recent restorations to the fort.
Bricks that were previously
crumbling into the moat have been repaired or replaced.
my temporary home on the island
Note: Several of these images were
taken on keys that are typically off limits.
I was fortunate to be working with
a group of researchers and took precautions
to ensure that my actions did not
harm the birds.
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