Florida State Parks – Deer Lake

The Snowy Plovers were perfectly camouflaged against the white sand of Deer Lake State Park. They gave themselves away only when they moved, scooting rapidly across the beach on their short, dark legs. As I watched, they made a bee-line for the surf in search of food, staying just ahead of the waves as they looked for invertebrates to pluck off the ground. In the spring, they can choose the rolling dunes that border shore for their scooped-out nests on the sand.

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