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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested as these two tours always fill up quickly!