Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“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.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Magnificent Day

One of my favorite birds is the Magnificent Frigatebird. This bird is is an ocean going bird. It snatches food from the water in flight. I have heard stories of this bird being in the water after an unsuccessful attempt at getting food. Once this bird is in the water it cannot get out. It is unable to spread its wings and get lift off that low to the surface. Today I saw one in the water and retrieved it from the water. Then I placed it on the rail of the boat in hopes that it would fly. It was still soaking wet and sitting calmly beside me. I then realized that the rail of the boat may not be high enough for the bird to start flying, so I  wrapped a towel over my right forearm and set the bird on my forearm. Then we turned the boat into the wind and picked up speed. I held my arm as high as I could hold it in the air. For a moment it was just me and the Frigate into the wind. I knew it was time and he seemed to know it was time to spread its wings and fly. The Frigate did just that, he spread his wings and flew. It was an amazing moment in nature. Truly amazing. I was happy to be there to help my feathered friend the Magnificent Frigatebird. It is nice to know when I look up, the Magnificent Frigatebird is watching over me.

Great Egret

I know I have blogged about this bird before the Great Egret. Today it was showing its breeding colors. I can never take enough photos of the green around its eye patch.( This green only happens for a few days a year) It reminds me of Guy Bradley who helped save this bird from extinction and also of the the key named after him in the Florida Everglades... Bradley Key.