6PM, meet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Titusville Kennedy Space Center. 4735 Helen Hauser Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780. Bring a camera with you to the meeting, we go over and set up camera settings, discuss techniques, and schedule for the next morning shoot.
Early AM departure from our hotel to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of 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 Herons, Blue Herons, Whistling Ducks, Anhingas, Cormorants, Osprey, and Kingfisher.
Midday break for lunch at Dixie Crossroads restaurant in Titusville and a quick drive to Cruickshank Wildlife Sanctuary to look for the Florida Scrub Jays.
Evening Photo Shoot back at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
- Depart Venice Rookery mid-day for lunch at Lashley’s Crab House, Punta Gorda
- Afternoon highlights various Burrowing owl locations in Cape Coral
- Late afternoon filming active eagles nest nearby.
- Photograph Circle B Ranch in best afternoon light until sunset!
Depart early AM for the Apopka Bird of Prey center in Apopka Fla. We have a private session reserved for us to photograph 8-10 amazing raptors like the Peregrine falcon, several varieties of Owls, and the Bald Eagle perched on natural branches with beautiful soft out of focus backgrounds. We will also have the opportunity to photograph a couple of these amazing birds in flight as an added addition.
Lunch: at a local restaurant near by and then on to Orlando Florida.
Afternoon Photo shoot: at Gatorland to capture birds in flight at a great bird rookery located on the property. Also lots of other exotic birds to photograph as well as some of the biggest alligators you will ever see.
Leave Gatorland to arrive at the Hampton Inn in Lakeland Florida early evening.
Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland-South Polk Parkway
3630 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
Meet for Dinner at one of the local restaurants near the hotel
- Depart circle B Ranch for lunch in Lakeland, then driving on to Titusville Hampton Inn.
- Afternoon filming at Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge, Dinner at Dixie Crossroads
Depart early AM for a sunrise shoot at Circle B Bar Ranch an amazing place with beautiful 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 several varieties of perching birds.
Lunch at Fred’s Family Restaurant Lakeland Fl.
Afternoon photoshoot Circle B Bar Ranch and then depart for Sarasota
Courtyard Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8305 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, FL 34201
Early AM departure for Venice Rookery. Begin shooting at first light continuing throughout the morning. 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 taking off and landing right in front of our lenses. With so many birds nesting so close together there is territorial squabbling and fighting action to keep it interesting.
Lunch locally and then optional shooting for either Burrowing owls in Cape Coral, or Local eagle nest in Sarasota.