Fall in Southwest Florida

Fall in Southwest Florida

Fall is in the air in Southwest Florida. Many species of migrating hawks flew over Cayo Costa early this morning. The winter resident pair of bald eagles arrived today. Mullet fish were cruising the beach in huge schools. Ospreys tormented the bald eagles. White ibis casually walked on the edge of the shoreline. I followed close behind observing nature unfold in front of me as I walked into the Southwest Florida fall air.

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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 03:37h, 08 October

    I just love the way you describe things. It's so amazing Brian. Beautiful pictures as always 🙂
    I always learn so much from reading your blog.

  • nhahn
    Posted at 13:03h, 22 October

    Hey Brian! This is the first time I have ever done this. Can't wait to get back to Sanibel/Captiva. The guy at Sea shells and Lamps said to say "Hi". He was blown away at the Tulip shell, he actually was stuttering and said he was wrong on the appraisal on the picture. Stop by and see him.