The big GOS “Topical Trip” for this November will actually be one of our all-time favorite destinations, South Florida. This trip encompasses the Keys, Sanibel Island (Ding Darling NWR), Lake Okeechobee, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Loxahatchee NWR, Fakahatchee Strand and Alligator Ally. We will also bird Shark River Valley, Anhinga Trail, Flamingo (Eco Pond) and the rest of Everglades National Park (including the world-famous Key Lime Milkshakes). 😉
The trip costs $1400, which doesn’t cover your plane fare and meals. We pick up all ground transportation, lodging, guide service (we may have other guides join us), and other incidentals. You’ll need to fly to Orlando International Airport Monday afternoon, November 7, and we will hit the road for Southwest Florida. We’ll return you to the airport November 16, and please don’t schedule an early flight.
Each day, we will venture into the various refuges, parks and other sanctuaries that fill South Florida with beauty and birds. The photography is fantastic (hand-held only), the climate is mild in November, bugs are practically non-existent, and nature-packed boardwalks take you into the wilds of the Subtropics like nowhere else.
Some of the target birds will include Limpkin, Burrowing Owl, Great White Heron, Snail Kite and Mangrove Cuckoo, with other surprises no doubt in store. There are also some introduced species like mynas, to pad our life lists. Last trip we got several western birds wintering at Key West, and the Key’s scenery is spectacular.