Birding and Wildlife Workshop
We are there to lead you and assist with tips and techniques every step of the way as we explore some of our favorite birding locations. Mike is a south Florida resident, naturalist, and photographer who knows the areas well and is a great guy to work with on our workshop. We led a private workshop to the exact same locations last winter with outstanding results. We photographed: Kingfisher, Limpken, Caracara, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Herons fishing & nesting, Green back Heron, Tri Color Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Anhinga, Osprey, Red Shouldered Hawk, Pied Billed Grebe, Little Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, Scrub Jay, Black Crowned Night Heron, Whistling Ducks Alligator, Rat Snake, and Raccoons. Additionally the moss covered live oak trees at Circle B Ranch make outstanding landscape subjects located just a few yards from our cars.
Feb. 20 Meet at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers, FL for briefing on basic camera settings, techniques, and departure time for next morning.
Feb. 21 Early AM departure from Fort Myers to the Venice Rookery. Begin shooting at first light and throughout the morning photographing. This action packed location, features nesting egrets, Anhingas, and Great Blue Herons on a small island just off shore. The Venice Rookery is a spectacular location for Great Egrets in full breeding plumage, lots of interaction in and around nests including the feeding of young chicks. We commonly capture great flight shots as Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Anhingas take off and land right in front of our lenses. With so many birds nesting so close together there is always territorial squabbling and fighting action to record as well.
Depart Venice Rookery mid-day for a lunch, drive to Circle B Ranch in Lakeland, FL.
Photograph Circle B Ranch in best afternoon light until sunset!
Feb. 22 Sunrise shoot at Cirle B Ranch. Beautiful location for foggy vistas of giant live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Walk on foot to various locations for birds,lagoons, and lots of alligators. This may be one of the best locations in Florida for great Limpkin photos. The diversity in this wetland is amazing, we photographed osprey fishing, Red shouldered Hawks, huge alligators, snakes, turtles, bobcats, and many varieties of perching birds.
Depart Circle B Ranch mid day and drive to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. In route we stop for a fun shoot at Cruickshank Sanctuary, noted for extremely tame scrub jays. So tame, they often land on photographers cameras, and even your head. Once everyone has captured great scrub jay images, we head on to our final hotel in Titusville, FL.
Dinner and late afternoon shoot at Merritt Island until sunset.
Feb. 23 Full morning exploring and photographing the amazing concentration of bird life found here. This National Wildlife Refuge offers wide-open wetland environment. With an easy drive through, the refuge is ideal for stopping for interesting, often action packed photos. It’s not uncommon to see Reddish Egrets dancing about with wings spread, as they engage their fanciful fishing tactics. The refuge is also a great location to photograph skimmers as they glide inches above calm lagoons skimming their lower beak in the water in graceful flight.
The diversity at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is amazing. In recent years the refuge has become one of the must see locations for bird photographers. Last year we saw and photographed Eagles, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Glossy Ibis, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Warblers, Green back Herons, Blue Herons, Whistling Ducks, Anhingas, Cormornats, Osprey, and Kingfisher.
Feb. 20, Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport/FGCU 239-210-7200
Feb. 21, Hampton Inn Lakeside Village, Lakeland, FL 866-606-2932
Feb. 22, Hampton Inn, I-95 Kennedy 321-383-9166Not included:
Food, Lodging, and Transportation not included.
Participants always enjoy a tremendous learning experience with us in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Mike and I enjoy teaching, we are there to help you every step of the way in a friendly nurturing atmosphere. Join us for the most fun you'll ever have learning and exploring nature through photography. Get ready for an intensive 3 days in the field exploring great less crowded areas of south Florida.
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