The last Tampa Bay Spoonbills rookery tour was amazing with lots of young and adults interactions. The 2022 dates for this tour are set for January 29th-30th and February 26th-27th 2022. People from the early contact list already snatched 8 spots out of 10! Hurry to send me an email if you are interested 🙂

Spoonbills Photography Tours
Young Spoonbills chasing their mom for food – Tampa Bay Rookery
ISO 500 | f/5.6 | 1/4000 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 1DX mark II.

The image above is the classic behavior of newly fledged Spoonbills chasing one of their parent for food. Late in the season, the youngs come out while some of the adults start leaving the rookery. That type of action is only enjoyed by the end of May or early June. However, by then the adults tend to look a bit less colorful.

Young Spoonbill banking in flight
Young Spoonbill banking in flight – Tampa Bay Rookery
ISO 1000 | f/5.6 | 1/4000 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 1DX mark II.

As the young Spoonbills learn to fly well, one can appreciate some impressive aerial stunts that are the result of the birds trying out their skills. There are thus many opportunities for banking shots as depicted in the image above.

Florida Spoonbills Photography Workshop
Young Spoonbills in the mangrove – Tampa Bay Rookery
ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/5000 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 1DX mark II.

If you are looking for the peak of breeding colors with the adults, then I invite you to participate in the January or February tours!!

Ospreys / Spoonbills mix Photography Tour – $1,390

March 26th-27th 2022 / limit 5 people – 1 open

April 23rd-24th 2022 / limit 5 people – 1 open

Florida Osprey-Spoonbill Photography Tour - 2022

3 shoots and 1 over-the-shoulder Photoshop tutoring => 2 boat-based Osprey shoots at the Vero Beach Cypress Lake + 1 land-based Spoonbills shoot at a local rookery. $250 deposit. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com .

Tampa Bay Spoonbills Rookery Photography Tour – $1,490

January 29th-30th 2022 / limit 5 people – Full

February 26th-27th 2022 / limit 5 people – 2 open

Florida Spoonbills Photography Workshop

3 shoots and 1 over-the-shoulder Photoshop tutoring => 3 shoots at the Tampa Bay Spoonbills rookery. We typically shoot while wading in the water in the mornings and from the boat in the afternoon. $250 deposit. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com .

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