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p.1 #1 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


I am traveling to Florida next month, and will have 4 days between the time I arrive in Miami and my arrival in Key West for a boat trip to the Dry Tortugas. I have been to Florida before, but not since I had my 500 f4 lens, so I would like to get some time in for nature photography, mainly birds, in those 4 days.

My current plan is to spend one day at the rookery in Venice, one day at Sanibel Island, and two days in the Everglades. I would appreciate advise about other options; how would you spend your time if it was you? Practical tips about shooting these locations are also apprciated.

Thanks!



Mar 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
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p.1 #2 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


You HAVE to do Anhinga Trail in the Everglades. I spent a week driving around much of Florida last year and I felt that it was by far the best spot.


Mar 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


Don't forget to stop by Little Estero Lagoon. Hands down the best place to do low angle work like these both taken there. One can just squat in the water keeping the lens inches above the waterline. The birds just crawl all over you!














Mar 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #4 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


Conrad,

Those are totally cool shots. Thanks for the heads up! Though I just got back from Florida you have given me a reason to do it again next March.

Tracey

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Mar 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
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p.1 #5 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


Be aware that Ding Darling National Wildlife refuge on Sanibel Island is closed on Fridays. Bruce


Mar 28, 2012 at 05:48 AM
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Tracey Harmon wrote:
Conrad,

Those are totally cool shots. Thanks for the heads up! Though I just got back from Florida you have given me a reason to do it again next March.

Tracey

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Anything Tracey!



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p.1 #7 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


My research shows that Ding Darling refuge on Sanibel Island has declined in recent years. If so it is too bad, I was there a few years ago and it was great. Can anyone corroborate?


Mar 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #8 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


I went to Ding Darling a few times recently and it was a shut out each time.

Agreed with Conrad on Estero. If you're interested in Burrowing Owl's its nearly a slam dunk at Brian Piccolo Park near Hollywood. Bit north of where you're starting but its worth it for Owls.



Mar 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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p.1 #9 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


Thanks for the tip Vince, I am taking a red eye flight and arrive in Miami early AM, I could head to Hollywood first before going to Venice. Too bad about Ding Darling.


Mar 31, 2012 at 01:49 PM
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p.1 #10 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


What Conrad said.. just got back myself after a tour of 8 days and that was my favorite spot!!!
Kurt



Mar 31, 2012 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #11 · RFI - 4 days in Florida


Corkscrew Swamp and Shark Valley are the places I would add to the list. For Burrowing Owls the best locations for me have been near the Cape Coral Lee County Library and near Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. Also, no need to drive all the way to Venice. Wakodahachee and Green Cay Wetlands are just north of Miami.

By the way, which dates are you going to be on the Dry Tortugas Boat Trip? I am going to be on the 28 Apr -1 May trip. The week before I will be doing bird photography in the Everglades and the Keys.



Apr 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM





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