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Lovers Key State Park
Fort Myers Beach, Florida USA
Ira from Naples and Bob from New Jersey visiting Lovers Key State Park.
They apparently were aware that LKSP is on the "Great Florida Birding Trail"
while most of the people I see at the park are more interested in the other activities including
shelling (best in winter months), sunbathing, swimming, fishing, snorkling, and boating.
Bob is photographing the Royal Terns, Herring Gulls, Black Skimmers,
Willets, and American Oystercatchers that were at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
The "AREA CLOSED" sign indicates the anticipation of the Least Tern which breeds at LKSP.
That event was interesting to photograph May through July 2008. Efforts were made to attract the
Black Skimmer to breed in this same area with the help of decoys and recorded song with
success in 2008 and an American Oystercatcher pair were observed nesting outside of their
decoy area only to have their eggs raided by raccoons which are considered unwelcome, especially
for the Loggerhead Turtles which have numerous nests at the park in the summer months.