We loved this relatively small, totally accessible birding centre. On our first visit, we took the guided tour - and so happy we did - because our well-informed guide knew where all the shy rails hang out! He told us where and what to look out for. We've been looking for rails and bitterns for decades, and sure enough, just where he said they were, out came a sora rail, a king rail and an American bittern. These are not only illusive birds, but they are so well camouflaged, they are almost impossible to spot - even when you know they are there. Unfortunately my photos are too big for this site. We were lucky to spot them again on our second visit a week later - walking on our own!
We also saw brilliant pink and white spoonbills, adorable pie-billed grebes, a wide assortment of herons, egrets, ducks, and gulls. The resident 'gator didn't rear it's wide head until our second visit.
Watch out for the sand dunes. There is a spot on the north shore beach where cars and even large RVs can drive on the hard-packed sand, but there are areas where the sand drifts on the main road that can easily bog a car down. We met a couple of nice insurance guys from New Jersey, down on a business trip who needed a bit of a helping hand - or rather - a tow.
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