|Spoon Bill at the Seabird Sanctuary|
During A's visit with us, we took a five mile walk along the shore to the Seabird Sanctuary and Avian Hospital
and found the trained staff have been busy with the rehabilitation of the Northern Gannets that arrived at the sanctuary from the panhandle oil spill areas.
It is set up to immediately triage, stabilize, and administer fluids to malnourished or injured birds.
Photo right by Scott Patterson: One of several rehabilitated Northern Gannets from the panhandle oil spill areas was released by the Sanctuary staff. These beautiful birds were at the Sanctuary for several months recuperating and now fly free again.
The Seabird Sanctuary has free admission. There is a donation box
Here are some of the birds we visited
|white pelicans resting in shade|
|Always exciting watching the birds being fed|
|My new best friend|
|He is now showing off|
|"A" always has an eye for a pretty bird|
Many of the birds who are released back, once healthy hang around the Sanctuary and visit their inmates
Lunch beckons us and we head for Cafe de Paris, at Indian Rocks Beach, owned and operated by the personal and welcoming French family, Xavier, Valerie and their son Luigi. The croque monsieur being my fabourite, the crepe du jour for A and quiche and salad for Mary Rose
|Baker Extraordinaire, Valerie from Cafe de Paris|
|Perhaps we shall dine here|
|Artist Mary Rose and Valerie - what are they laughing about?|
How do you feel about birds? Do you have a favourite?