At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.
This is a trip we first ran almost 10 years ago because Florida in late winter is a true bird photographer’s Mecca – warm sunny days, beautiful lagoons and probably some of the tamest birds in world who will walk right up to you to photograph. Water is pretty much at the heart of everything photographic too and this trip will focus principally on a number of intimate and also dramatic Gulf coast sites where Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills, Anghina, Terns and Pelicans will be among the regular subjects we’ll be working with. We’ll also spend some time inland as well with nesting Ospreys and Burrowing Owls among the highlights. This is a trip that’s almost a tour – we’ll be moving on with reasonable regularity to find new locations and lighting conditions to ensure a depth to the portfolio you’ll build over the trip as well as a real flavour of the diversity of Florida’s amazing birdlife.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: A day of travelling to Tampa airport in Florida so it’ll be off for a well-needed first nights rest at a local motel when we arrive. Full flight details/recommendations will be advised nearer the time.
Day 2: We’ll begin our early mornings schedule with a trip to the coast for a first session with the variety of Egrets, Herons, Pelicans, Gulls and waders that we’ll become increasingly familiar with. One location here allows us to wade in the lagoon for low level photography too! With a restful middle part of the day (an approach we’ll adopt throughout the trip as mid-day light can be harsh) we’ll head to a different location for silhouette shots as the sun sets.
Day 3: A second morning at Fort DeSoto before we start our journey south to spend an afternoon and evening with the extremely photogenic Burrowing Owls as they stand guard over their nest holes.
Day 4: We’ll be spending a full day today on the rightly world famous Sanibel Island with the Ding Darling Reserve as a morning highlight (Roseate Spoonbills are a real highlight here if we’ve not been lucky up to this point of the trip) and fishing Pelicans will be our afternoon target.
Day 5: We’ll be spending a full day today on the rightly world famous Sanibel Island with the Ding Darling Reserve as a morning highlight (Roseate Spoonbills are a real highlight here if we’ve not been lucky up to this point of the trip) and fishing Pelicans will be our afternoon target.
Day 6: A morning at a discrete beachside lagoon offering both calm water reflection shots and White Ibis and Turnstones amongst the waders scurrying in the gentle surf before we head inland and an afternoon session by one of the many lakes that frequent central Florida and where Sandhill Cranes, a variety of waders and with luck hunting Snail Kites will be our main targets.
Day 7: An early morning boat trip onto another lake where there are more nesting Ospreys than we’ve ever seen in one location: the boat will gently glide in near them and we’ll be able to photograph nest building, flight and landing shots on a truly dramatic morning. In the afternoon we’ll head to a major visitor attraction that’s also home to the most approachable Egrets and Herons and an array of other water birds we’ll have had on the entire trip – head shots and close-up details of their magnificent displaying plumage will be the order of the day here.
Day 8: A last morning at whichever location we most want to have a final crack at before heading back to Tampa airport for our overnight return flights.
Day 9: Early morning arrival home.
What our customers say
“Always wanted to go to Florida to photograph the birds and this was well up to expectation.”
” I particularly enjoyed the Burrowing Owls: and also the ‘gators!”
” A full-on and excellent trip.”