With cooler weather to our north our seasonal white pelicans have returned to waters around Pine Island, Sanibel and southwest Florida

If you are into birding, photography, or just enjoy nature while on the water, this is a great time of year with lots of active birds.

From land or boat the best time to observe birds when they are most active is morning and late afternoons. The lower the tide or water level the better. My favorite time for bird photography is on a morning with a negative low tide, as many species of birds gather on a shallow flat to feed.

By car, Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary on Sanibel Island is world famous as a great birding location.