Birding and Shelling

Birding and Shelling

The boat was full of avid birders and veteran shell collectors – Donna, Max, Nancy, Bruce and Mimi. Donna wanted to see a magnificent frigate bird and as fate would have it, we observed one while sitting on the boat at the dock. The trip was filled with dolphin watching and many species of birds.  The shell collecting was also good. Highlights of shells found were Nancy finding a great piece of a lions paw and Donna found a large baby’s ear.  Mimi was delighted observing the bird life. She also found some beautiful perfect worm shells. The weather was like a postcard.  I enjoyed watching the wildlife fly into the view of the passengers.

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 03:17h, 25 January

    Every time you mention "frigate" birds I have to laugh thinking of last year when you pointed them out to us and we thought you said "friggin'" birds. LOL!! It still cracks me up.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 10:29h, 25 January

    There were "friggin" birds every where on the island yesterday. I have never seen so many different types of birds in one place. Later in the day at the Lighthouse the pelicans & seagulls were feasting on a school of something then the dolphins showed up with a baby dolphin in tow. Great bird watching day.