Mar 21, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
FLORIDA NATURE TOURS DRY TORTUGAS ITINERARY
All Dry Tortugas tours depart from the Sunset Marina located at 5555 College Road, Key West, Florida 33040. This location is actually on Stock Island, which is adjacent to the island of Key West, and within the city limits. See their web site at www.sunsetmarinakw.com. This is where you will park your car while we are in the Dry Tortugas.
My co-leaders and I will be in Key West by 8:00 AM of day one available to pick up people at the Key West airport, bus station or ferry dock. And, we will have a hospitality suite for our use at The Travelodge and Suites with several bedrooms and a full kitchen loaded with drinks and snacks. If you're tired after a long flight or drive, freshen up, take a nap, have a snack or soda, or.... if you’re ready to do some tropical birding we will be hitting the several great local parks looking for South Florida specialties such as White-crowned Pigeon, Mangrove Cuckoo, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, and if they have arrived from their winter quarters Antillean Nighthawk. There will also be spring migrants around and if we really hit it big, a Caribbean stray! We will board the boat later that evening.
|Mangrove Cuckoo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons|
At first light on day two we will head for the edge of the reef to search for pelagic species that are more associated with the Gulf Stream, and not usually found at the Dry Tortugas. Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled Tern, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel and White-tailed Tropicbird are all possibilities. We will reach the Tortugas about mid-day. Massive Fort Jefferson seemingly rising up out of the ocean is a never to be forgotten sight! After lunch we'll begin our exploration of Garden Key & the old Fort.
Thousands of Sooty Terns and Brown Noddies will be close at hand, Magnificent Frigatebirds will be hanging overhead and colorful migrants will be only feet away. Don't forget your camera! A beautiful sunset and a night walk around the moat wall looking for sea creatures will round out the day. Over the next two days we will have time to explore the fort along with more birding on Garden Key and a search of Loggerhead Key, close up views of the Masked Booby colony and the frigatebird colony. We should see Brown Boobies and with a little luck, the rare Black Noddy. After lunch on day four we will make a straight shot back to Key West arriving about 4:30.
|Cape May Warbler by Adrian Binns|
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We will be exploring the Dry Tortugas aboard the 105-foot Florida Fish Finder. You can read all about her at www.floridafishfinder.com
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