There are still two open spots for the March 26-27 & April 23-24 Ospreys/Spoonbills mix tours! It is the perfect opportunity to combine nesting Ospreys among eye-level natural habitat Cypress trees and the best land-based Spoonbills rookery.

Osprey landing - Florida Tour
Osprey landing on a branch – Vero Beach Cypress Lake
ISO 1250 | f/5.6 | 1/4000 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 1DX mark II.

The Vero Beach Cypress Lake has the highest concentration of Osprey nests that one can find! Around 250+ nests in a natural habitat. Not only the birds are nesting among Cypress trees, making for very authentic photography, but many of those nests are at eye-level allowing for stunning photography. There will be many opportunities for birds landing on branches as in the image above.

Osprey banking with fish
Osprey banking with fish in front – Vero Beach Cypress Lake
ISO 2000 | f/8 | 1/3200 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II with the 2x extender and the Canon EOS 1DX mark II.

As the birds are flying back and forth among the trees, many of them will come back to their nest with fish in their talents or abruptly change direction and offering some stunning banking shots as above. The blurred green backdrop from the Cypress Trees will definitely improve your image over a bland blue sky.

Spoonbill in flight - Spoonbill Rookery
Spoonbill in flight – Vero Beach Spoonbill Rookery
ISO 640 | 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.

Very nearby the Cypress lake, one can find the very best land-based Spoonbills rookery. One can easily shoot from the shore at that location, while the birds go back and forth to their nests with nesting material. There will also be many Spoonbills landing nearby to dig out new branches for their nests. Email me soon to book your spot! 🙂

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 – 1 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 .

Black Skimmers Colony Photography Workshop – $1,090

June 25th-26th 2022 / limit 5 people – 4 open

Black Skimmers colony photography tour teaser

3 shoots and 1 over-the-shoulder Photoshop tutoring => 3 shoots at the Sarasota Bay Black Skimmers colony. We shoot along the beach, where the nesting colony is easily accessible. $250 deposit. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com .

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