Thursday, December 25, 2014

St. Pete Birds

Our oldest is in the marching band at UCF and since the football team was in the Bitcoin Bowl this year we had to get him over to St. Pete. One of the events the day before the game was a Battle of the Bands which was held on the beach at the hotel. I took a ton of photos of the event but also noted the birds in the area, of course. Before we headed down to the beach, a few Black-hooded Parakeets noisily passed overhead.

Black-hooded Parakeet

In the slow rolling surf, a Laughing Gull stayed out of the way of the passing crowds.

Laughing Gull

I have never had one give me the stare down before.

Laughing Gull

Off to the right, a Herring Gull picked along the rack line.

Herring Gull

Finally, a Ring-billed Gull joined in for a few minutes as the music got louder and louder.

Ring-billed Gull

The UCF Marching Knights won the battle and the band then enjoyed some activities and then rested before the game. A fun event. I might have a chance to find more birds before we head home on Saturday in between Christmas time.

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