First Florida Birding Tour Report

I’m just finishing up the first of two Florida Birding tours with a great group of clients.  They were high energy throughout and just fun to be around!  I haven’t gotten the official tally but as a group, the 4 (Nick Palmieri, Betty Wiley, Megg McNamee, and Linda Marcum) took at least 1 terabyte of images combined!!!  A new record for sure and I look forward to seeing what next week’s group will do.  As usual, we spent a few days on a boat chasing spoonbills and I will share those images with you later but I am always excited by the ospreys and other birds that we have opportunities to photograph too!  As I write this, we were able to capture the image above and below of the osprey on the next to last morning in Ft. Myers (chasing more tomorrow morning).  We had 3 chances this morning at fairly close range.  While this is not the biggest fish I have seen them pull out, it is always a treat to watch them hunt for fish and it stands out as one of the most memorable moments of every tour!

As usual, I visit some lesser know areas for some “shooting ducks in the pond” action as shown in the images above of the ring necked duck and the image below of the red headed duck.

We visit two rookeries for images of displaying egrets as well as many other mating species. This is always on my itinerary and it never disappoints the group.  The image below shows the beautiful display of the great egret.  I hope to get a chance to share with you a few of the Roseate Spoonbill images  from this trip as well as next week’s tour as I get to work on them in the coming days……so stay tuned!

I will be announcing the 2013 dates next month so send me an e-mail to:   if you are interested as these two tours always fill up quickly!


3 Responses to “First Florida Birding Tour Report”

  1. Great stuff, we just returned from Sarasota ourselves and it was warm there as well. Super photos, can’t wait to see the rest.

  2. Dave Mills Says:

    Hi Roman,
    As usual beautifully rendered images lit perfectly.
    Wish I was there….

  3. […] Shortly thereafter, I have my second group of tours but this time to the southwest coast of Florida.  I only have one week available, from March 9th – 16th, as the week of the 17th – 24th sold out to my advanced notice e-mail list.  I give that group a 2 week exclusive opportunity to sign up for any tour before I make an announcement here on my blog.  If you would like to be put on that list, just email me and I will add your name to that list.  The highlight of this tour has to be the 2 days (weather permitting) of a private charter to photograph Roseate Spoonbills.  I have been going to Florida for over 17 years now and have never had an opportunity for spoonbills like you do on the boat.  We do get off the boat and into the water to get the best shooting angle.  You can see some examples of images on previous blog posts here, here, and here. […]

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