Join me to the Bird paradise of Florida 2021!
I have spent several months in the area and specific destinations that this tour targets. I know which the hidden gems are and when to be at which location to get the best possible opportunities.
Beaches away from the worst crowds with the best possible photo opportunities
The beaches we will go to, such as Bunche Beach are at dawn and dusk away from the largest crowds. Here we will share the beach with Egrets, herons, waders, spoonbills and many more birds. The birds are not shy and we can share the beach with them without hides. When sitting down calmly its more likely that they get to close 🙂
Bird rookerys up close
This tour is timed with some of the best activity on some of the best bird rookery sites available for photography. We will visit two different rookeries that both are full of action and life. We will encounter birds in all stages of nesting, from courting to feeding the young ones. And all from just a few meters distance, which is a photographers dream!
Nature paradise Sanibel Island
During our stay we will spend plenty of time on magical Sanibel Island. Half the island is a nature reserve, and there are no large chains or big hotel chains here. World famous Ding Darling preserve gives us an abundance of birds to photograph. We will also go inland on the island to the less visited preserves, as well as shoot ospreys, herons and waders at the beaches on just a few meters distance.
Not just Birds!
Apart from the bird photography, we will also have time to shoot the magnificent swamp landscape of Everglades and Big Cypress National Park and its inhabitants. The landscape is truly fascinating and it feels like you step in to another world. Here we will meet alligators and turtles at close range, as well as an abundance of birds. We will go to known preserves as well as travel the back roads for some of my favorite spots of the beaten track.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Deposit of 15% paid at time of booking. Final paymeny 90 days before departure.
Single room amendment: 490 €
We meet at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. After lunch with introduction to the trip it’s time to go to our first photo location. The rest of the afternoon is spent photographing at an amazing Bird Rookery. From boardwalks we have an abundace of nesting herons, egrets and storks just meters in front of our cameras. Only your imagination will limit the type and amount of shots that can be taken here. When the light disappears we go to our hotel for the night
In the early morning we will make another session at the bird rookery we visited yesterday. The soft morning light gives us great opportunities for beautiful images. After check out from the hotel we will then start travel over to the west coast of Florida, were our base for the coming days reside.
Along the way we will stop and visit the swamp lands. At close quarter we will be able to experience the fascinating enivornment and its inhabitants. We will be on the look out for close meetings with alligators, turtles, anhingas and herons. When darkness fall we will travel to our base that resides on the mainland close to Sanibel Island.
Every morning and afternoon we will do photo excursions to some of the finest bird photo locations there is.
Based on tide and best timing for each type of location we will get to shoot a number of different species and habitats.
Timed with the tide we will spend time on magical Bunche Beach. Here we share the beach with Herons, egrets, spoonbills and many shore birds and waders. On the outer banks its common to see skimmers. Here we can operate without hides. When finding a good spot on the beach the birds will come to us. Pure magic to experience.!
Target species at Bunche beach are Reddish Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Willet, Different Plovers, Skimmers among others.
Another main location during the days will be Sanibel Island. This magical Island, whith its large amount of nature reserves and traditional Florida vibe is a pure haven for photographers. In wolrd fmaous Ding Darling we will get meetings with an abundance of species. We will also explore the beaches where close encounters with ospreys,shorebirds, waders, pelicans, herons and egrets take place.
Six Miles Slough Preserve – one session we will go to this beautiful preserve. Here we travel along boardwalks and take in the magical surroundings. Its a small haven and the swamp landscape is easy to take in while walking on the calm boardwalks.
Bird Rookery bonanza – Two sessions will be spent on what most likely is FLoridas best place for shooting nesting herons and egrets. On a short distance of around 10m we get to observe and document their work with feeding and raising the chicks. At this time of the year we usually get to see chicks at all stages, from young ones to chicks almost as big as their parents.
Another Highlight will be the irresistable burrowing owls of Cape Coral. We will visit my favorite spot where several nests and owl pairs reside within a small area of a few hundred meters.
The white headed bald eagle is also on the agenda. We will go and shoot at a nest where they at this point in time usually are busy raising the young ones. Usually gives great opportunities to shoot while they come in with fresh caught fish and while feeding the young ones.
Early morning departure to go down to the magical swamp landscapes of Florida. We will have photo shoots both at famous spots as well on some of the back roads that have become my favorites for really experiencing this surreal landscape and its inhabitants. It will be a day full of impressions and hopefully we will return tired but with memory cards full of great images.
We have reached the final day of our trip, but have time for one final session. After capturing our last images for the trip its time to pack up and head towards the airport. Early afternoon we say our goodbyes for this time.