The February Florida Spoonbill tour is now over and there are two more to go with one open spot in March and two open spots in April. Overall, it was a success! The first morning was notably exceptional. See below the beautiful breeding colors.
The breeding colors are quite amazing at this location! Judge for yourself. In the photograph above, I aimed at creating a striking bird in the forefront, with a small group in the distance to give a nice environmental feel.
The first morning was very special. We started with great pre-sunrise conditions for blurs, followed by excellent bird activity with up to thirty birds on the shore. There were lots of take offs, landings, bankings and even squabbles! To top it all, the group enjoyed a delightful bathing session, ending with a very long wing flapping moment.
Be sure to be ready for wings flapping after a bird bathes. Note that I increased the shutter speed to 1/4000 to freeze the wings. By now, you will have noticed that I do not see high ISO as a sin since I have developed top notch de-noising techniques.
We also enjoyed a lot of landings, preceded by the birds banking above the mangrove trees. As Karma would have it, the afternoon was quite calm besides a nice Osprey encounter and the following morning had good bird activity, but quite some fog to deal with. Note that fog is very rare, but no one can guarantee weather conditions…
March 30th-31st 2019 / limit 6 people – 1 opening
April 27th-28th 2019 / limit 6 people – 2 openings
2 working lunches and 3 boat rides to the absolute best rookery to photograph spoonbills with breeding colors. $250 deposit. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28th-29th 2020 / limit 4 people – 3 openings
3 boat rides on a pristine cypress trees lake and 2 working lunch sessions with lunch included. $300 deposit. Send me an email at email@example.com