Ibis Along Fort DeSoto's Mangroves STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT NEFF

Every storm and tide changes Fort DeSoto's coastal map. Over the last ten years, I have witnessed much change. Just north of Fort DeSoto's Lot 9 are huge trees fallen by the storms. Beyond that is a tidal creek that connects the the estuary where there are mangroves.

Through the dead trees, you can see the tidal creek.

The tides cut the sand to create these two feet high canyons.

The mangroves are in the distance.

From the mangrove, there is a great view where the tidal creek meets the Gulf of Mexico.

The sunlight on the sand canyon walls create a surreal environment.

I have seen this tidal creek filled at high tide.

I took this image when the tidal water was about four inches deep.

Ibid in the water along the mangroves.

They stood there with no fear of humans and preened.

He stood on one foot the entire time.

The ibis in the background closed his eyes on me!

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