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When birding turns spiritual on Beer Can Island

When birding turns spiritual on Beer Can Island

It’s about the primeval beauty of color in nature’s long running drama of survival.

July 29, 2013 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Rare birds seen off Whitney Beach

Rare birds seen off Whitney Beach

It’s a quiet Sunday morning on Whitney Beach with hardly a cloud in the sky; the temperature is warm and the wind gentle.

March 25, 2013 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Experiencing South Florida’s soul

Experiencing South Florida’s soul

If you want to experience South Florida’s soul in and around LBK, start in the early morning. Walk out to the beach and you’ll see a pale gray sky with a break of barely yellow light. Below it, look at the silhouette of a dove on a bare branch of a sea grape bush. As you approach hear the sound of its wings snap in the air like an unfurling canvas sail.

March 11, 2013 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

‘Snowbirders’ return to Longboat Key

‘Snowbirders’ return to Longboat Key

As my wife and I start the walk to Beer Can Island, my heart is noticeably beating and memories come flooding back. There’s the spot where I unearthed a large, almost undamaged lightning whelk that now sits on a bookshelf in our home in New York.

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Stay on Key with The Beer Can Blues

Stay on Key with The Beer Can Blues

It’s partly cloudy on Beer Can Island as I walk among the fallen gray trees that dominate the landscape here. Looking up, I flinch in surprise.

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Key Events, Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

Whit-Can Beach is bird-rich

“Whit-Can Beach,” a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, was particularly rich with bird life at the end of February and the beginning of March. Here’s what it looked like on two of those days.

September 9, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Birds make a splash on Whit-Can Beach

Birds make a splash on Whit-Can Beach

“Whit-Can Beach,” a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, was particularly rich with bird life at the end of February and the beginning of March. Here’s what it looked like on two of those days.

August 2, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Swept away on Whit-Can Beach

Swept away on Whit-Can Beach

There are times while birding that I’ve really gotten caught up in the moment. This last happened on a cold, windy Saturday morning this January. While walking Whit-Can Beach, a strip that runs from Whitney Beach to Beer Can Island, I was swept away by a group of 1.4-ounce birds.

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

It’s the last full day on LBK for my wife and me this winter. Hoping for some last-minute bird pictures, I take my camera. On Whitney Beach there are a large number of black specks on the horizon coalescing into a straight horizontal line. The bills and wingspan readily identify them as brown pelicans. These gawky looking birds are really agile fliers and show it, as 30 of them veer to the right in a synchronized movement. Nice.

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Photo opportunity on Beer Can Island

Photo opportunity on Beer Can Island

It’s the last full day on LBK for my wife and me this winter. Hoping for some last-minute bird pictures, I take my camera. On Whitney Beach there are a large number of black specks on the horizon coalescing into a straight horizontal line. The bills and wingspan readily identify them as brown pelicans. These gawky looking birds are really agile fliers and show it, as 30 of them veer to the right in a synchronized movement. Nice.

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »