“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.
You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”
It is always a pleasure taking out the sisters from Ohio-Kathy, Cindy and Jackie. We started the trip by going to North Captiva for lunch and then it was off to favorite spot #1. Many shells were collected and stories were told as we walked the beach. I photographed some flowering sea grape trees and inkberry shrubs along the way. We finished the trip at secret spot no name and enjoyed another lovely day on the water. Thanks girls!
A few years back on a trip with Gail and Billie we stopped by a newly formed sandbar in the Gulf. To my amazement there were 6 Avocets on this little spit of sand. In 22 years I had not seen this bird on the out islands. We named this little sandbar "Avocet Island". The sandbar would appear then disappear over the years. Well this week Gail and crew were here and the sandbar has appeared in recent days. It is the biggest I have seen this sandbar aka Avocet Island and it now has a little lagoon in the middle. Mother Nature provided good shells and clear water on this trip to Avocet Island, but we will have to see what she does in the coming weeks.
Exploring the barrier islands near Captiva Island is always an adventure. Pat, Jen, Ben, Izzy and Ursula have traveled with me on many trips over the years and this week we had a picture perfect day for exploring. We saw dolphin, found some nice shells and had a picnic lunch on a remote beach. Thanks for another fun day and I look forward to seeing you all on another trip later this year! Capt Brian