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Lasting avian images from LBK

Lasting avian images from LBK

Sometimes birding is comprised of small, memorable moments. Here are some that stuck with me from last winter on LBK. Last January on Whitney Beach I made a mistake that won’t happen again. I was munching some cereal from a plastic bag as I approached a group of gulls and shorebirds

December 9, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Clear light highlights birds

Clear light highlights birds

The morning is crisp and clear, highlighting the “assembled multitude,” a mass of gulls and terns that are regulars on Whitney Beach. There’s a lone skimmer in the sand away from the group that isn’t moving and appears to be injured. A woman looking at it tells me she’d just seen the skimmer walk on an injured left leg and plunk down.

November 26, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Late afternoon birding can be mellow

Late afternoon birding can be mellow

Lowering sun, hard shadows falling on white sand and gathering birds make late afternoon not only a very good time to bird on Whitney Beach but also a spiritual time. One afternoon at the end of January, the setting sun is laying a golden carpet on the water’s edge

October 15, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

New restaurant in Whitney Beach Plaza

New restaurant in Whitney Beach Plaza

New Longboat Key café, The Blue Iguana, opens at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at in the Whitney Beach Plaza. Owner Robbin Widmaier, from Illinois, is bringing her brand of cuisine to Longboat Key’s Whitney Beach Plaza. The Blue Iguana will be open starting with breakfast and lunches, and then will expand to serving dinner […]

October 7, 2011 | Posted in Business, Top Box | Read More »

Right time, right place

Right time, right place

Birding is often about being in the right place at the right time. Last winter on Whitney Beach, I had some memorable moments with birds and bottle-nosed dolphins because I was in the right place at the right time

September 29, 2011 | Posted in Key Life | Read More »

Moments that resonate

Moments that resonate

Moments occur while birding, that can be as simple as a moving branch, as mysterious as fog or as unexpected as a long look at a hard-to-see bird. And they may resonate long after the moment is over

September 23, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Looking at birds’ bills

Looking at birds’ bills

One of the first things that I look at on a bird is its bill. Why? One, bills help to identify birds. Second, you can see as well as hear the “music” coming from their mouths. Last, you can get a sense of how they feed and occasionally a tantalizing peek into their mouths

September 16, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Moods of the day

Moods of the day

Birding varies with the time of day. In the pale light of morning my senses are alert and impressionable and I notice things that I wouldn’t later. In the afternoon’s full sun, birds are at rest and allow for close looks. In the fading light of late afternoon, I can become self-reflective if not philosophical

August 12, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Take a stroll to Beer Can Island…again

Take a stroll to Beer Can Island…again

Residents are once again enjoying the walk to Beer Can Island, after the area was closed for months due to dangerous conditions caused by erosion and then while the town renourished the beach

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Winter weather creates moods

Winter weather creates moods

Fog: white, mysterious and transitory, shrouds and conceals. But it also highlights birds and shorelines in a way that sunlight cannot. I love walking in it, experiencing its mystery and savoring its moods. Here’s how it, and stormy gray skies, a close cousin, unfolded for me a few days last winter on LBK

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »