Spoonbills and Paula Deen, good birds and good food.

Lots of news to report in the first part of 2013. For starters a web gallery of photos from my trip to Florida this past December and early January. Highlights were once again from Myakka River State Park in Sarasota which continues to be my favorite place to photograph birds and other wildlife in the Sarasota and Venice area of Florida. That said one of the more interesting sightings were several Razorbills that had been blown in by Super Storm Sandy before I arrived. I even found one dead on a beach in Englewood, saw one on Sanibel Island and three off the Jetty in Venice one of which I photographed two days before I departed Florida. Speaking of Sanibel Island if you find yourself on the island I recommend The Island Cow for breakfast, lunch or dinner. While we are talking about food and I LOVE good food, on my return trip from Florida to Massachusetts I had dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia. Great meal and GREAT service, our waiter Kelson was the BEST! I had the buffet with Southern Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Mac and Cheese, some baked beans and for desert Peach cobbler. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Spoonbill, Myakka River State Park

Finally as a reminder anyone interested in purchasing a copy of “Epic Journeys’ you can do so locally at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Gift Shop or online through Buteo Books.

Take care and as always get out and enjoy the natural world and please help to protect it.

Shawn Carey
Migration Productions

Brown Pelican, Venice Jetty