Tag Archives: Gulfport

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve

In Gulfport, Florida

Clam Bayou is a 170-acre estuary between Gulfport, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida and Boca Ciega Bay. Home to the 10-acre Clam Bayou Nature Preserve Park.

  • Estuary
  • Nature Preserve
  • Walking Trails
  • Observation Decks
  • Canoe and Kayak Launch Point
  • Nearby is the City of Gulfport full-service Marina

I had mixed emotions exploring this nature preserve. I saw the wild beauty, but the park felt neglected. It was fairly clean, but not well maintained. I get that there needs to be a balance between use and conservation.

The Bayou

Fauna

Birdlife

I came around a corner and on to an observation deck and it was like the birds were lined up for viewing. Here I am, Look at Me! 

Here’s the Lineup:

Anhinga

Egret

Heron

Mystery Bird

More Birdlife Hanging About

Egrets

Herons


LOVE this Photo!

Osprey

Stork


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Exploring the “Wild” Side!


The Roseate Spoonbill

No, Not a Flamingo!

I finally was able to photograph a Roseate spoonbill while exploring Gulfport, Florida! I have spotted a few Roseate spoonbills over the past few months. A wading bird of the Ibis and Spoonbill families. The Spoonbills bright pink coloring leads people to think they have seen a Flamingo! 

  • Immature Spoonbills have white, feathered heads, and the pink of the plumage is paler.
  • The bill can be grey, pink or yellow in color.
  • The Spoonbill’s spatulate bill allows it to sift easily through mud.
  • The Spoonbill feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it walks through the water.
  • The Spoonbills pink color is diet derived. The colors can range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on age and location.
  • The Spoonbill feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts, and very small fish.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Watching the Bird Action!


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