|Central Florida Bird Photography Tour
Dates: April 18-25, 2023
Fee: $1,995 ($495 due on registration, balance in January 2023)
Limit: Only 4 participants
The safety and comfort of the group is very important to us. We will follow the current CDC guidelines for sanitization, masks and social distancing. Therefore, all participants that choose to register for this workshop are agreeing to follow those guidleine and protocols, throughout the duration of the workshop. All particpants must provide proof of vaccination.
On this tour we will do a mix of;and based photography along with some photography from a boat. We will start on the East coast of Florida, photographing shore birds. Then we will move closer to Orlando, where we will photograph Snail Kites by boat. Our final stop will beat Vero Beach, where we will photograph nesting Osprey by boat.
There will be a rich variety of species to photograph. Plenty of wading birds, shore birds and raptors. Rest assured, you will come back with thousands of images to look through and a bird photography portfolio that you will be able to share with others proudly. On location, Nikhil will be leading you to best locations at favorable times and also helping you with ideas and settings needed for the photgraphic opportunities. There will be some image feeback sessions arranged. However, we will maximize our time in the field. When we return and have chance to look thorugh all the images, an online feedback session will be held via zoom as well.
Equipment You Should Bring
Tour participants should have a minimum focal length of 500mm. A longer telephoto lens and tripod and/or monpod is recommended. Well before the start of the tour, a full gear and packing list will be provided so you can prepare for this trip.
This itinerary is subject to changes based on weather conditions. We will be out early and late to take adantage of the best light and bird activity.
For our first evening together we will meet for a group dinner at 7pm near the hotel in St. Petersburg. During dinner we will discuss our plans for the next day and answer any questions partipants may have about the tour.
Our focus in St. Petersburg will be on shore birds and we should have a variety of species to photograph. We will be hoping to find a reddish egret feeding but we almost defintely get to photograph royal terns, least terns, black skimmers, roseate spoonbiils, great egrets, snowy egreats, black-bellied plovers, piping ploverm wilson's plover and more! overnight in St. Petersburg
We will make one last trip out to the beach to photograph shore birds We will return to the hotel, check out and drive to Orlando. After settling into the hotel we will have a feedback session that evening followed by dinner. Overnight in Orlando.
Be prepared to be up early as we head to photograph snail kites from a boat, in the early morning light. We will be on the water for 1.5 hours. After we break for brunch and some rest, we will head to Cirlce B bar reserve for an evening photo session. Overnight in Orlando.
We will head back to photograph the snail kites this morning. After another morning on the lake we head back to the hotel, check out and head to Vero Beach. After settling into the hotel we will meet for a feedback session followed by dinner.
We will spend two hours in the morning and evening photographing nesting Osprey for a boat. Bring your shorter lenses for some landscape photo opps as well. The cypress trees the Osprey nest in are very photogenic. We will take advantage of the best light by being out for the first and the last 2 hours of light. Overnight at Vero Beach.
On our last morning we will head to photograph the Oprey again, for 2 hours. The tour ends with that session and we return to the hotel to check out.
- Personalized field instruction and guiding
- Boat and boat captain fee
- Image reviews
- Image feedback session over zoom, after completion of tour
Itinerary Does Not Include:
- Tips for boat captain
- Transportation throughout; we encourage carpooling
Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions.
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