The weather was gorgeous this week. Cool temps, cerulean blue skies, and wide open spaces. I took an afternoon and spent some time on the Okaloosa Island Pier and surrounding beaches near Fort Walton Beach. Fishermen (and women) were out casting for trout, and pelicans and herons were fishing for leftovers. The birds were huge, much bigger than you might think. The herons were at least four-foot tall, neck extended. They have become so acclamated to humans, I could get close enough to pick them up… but I am smarter than that.
Pelicans have a sharp, pointed tooth on the tips of their beaks and herons have talons any predator would be proud to have.
My view from the pier…
(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)
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19 thoughts on “Without pier”
Wishing and dreaming I was there!!! Wonderful pics as always.
I’ve never seen a heron so close. I never realized they were so large. Now pelicans? Yeah, they’re huge. All of your pictures are beautiful!
WOW!! Awesome pictures!! Love them!
Great photos. Did you give them any handouts?
I absolutely love the study in white. Just a gorgeous shot. The talons on that heron are amazing.
Loved your comment and photo of needs a pedi. It made me smile.
Beautiful shots… those bird feet shots are my favs, though. What cool angles and photo ideas!!!!
Such lovely wide open spaces.
I have always loved beaches, and beaches in the winter are the best because then you usually only have the locals 😀