One of the best spots on the Treasure Coast in Florida for birds and photography is the Sebastian Inlet. Straddling both Brevard and Indian River counties, Sebastian Inlet offers a number of birding opportunities.
Dozens of gulls, terns, and skimmers are easily approached on the beach. The inlet itself is a smorgasbord for fish-eating birds, perhaps the most photogenic are the couple dozen or so Ospreys that dive right in front of you. The tidal pool offers close-up views of shorebirds, wading birds, and more gulls and terns. Sometimes we see Reddish Egrets. At dawn, Black-crowned Night-herons gather before retiring to their hidden daytime roost.
This area is outstanding for shorebirds and pelagic species. Some species awaiting us are Shearwater Petrels, Jaegers Gannets and, of course, Brown Pelicans. We will also see all the common shorebirds and many species of Gulls from Blackback Gulls, Laughing Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, and – if we are lucky – Phalaropes, Painted Buntings, and maybe a Peregrine Falcon or American Oyster Catcher.
We will meet next to the tidal pool on the north side of the inlet and the west side of the bridge. From there we can access the tidal pool and beach with a short walk.
The tours generally begin at sunrise and last for approximately four hours. Attendees will be invited to a conference call prior to the event where more details will be provided.
The difficulty of this tour is moderate. There is a short distance walking over semi-improved surfaces, and some walking on beach sand. Insects should be low to moderate. The temperature should be moderate at this time of year. Close-toed shoes and comfortable walking clothes are recommended. Snacks and drinks will be provided.