Some of the locations now are more difficult to shoot because the grasses are very high around some burrows. The spring colors though, make for good backgrounds.
It's pleasant that these birds are somewhat tolerant of people, making them great birds to observe at a reasonable distance. This also makes them good subjects to start learning bird photography and testing your skills, without having too many disappointing shots. These birds have helped me get to know my equipment and limitations. You also learn to wait a lot. I use a monopod but a tripod is better since you are waiting for the right moment. The monopod does make it easier to move around and change views quickly.
Many shots can be taken from the car. The birds are more tolerant of a car it seems, a good window mount helps. I use my monopod, shortened of course, and press it between the door and seat.
Anyone visiting or living in South Florida will find the climate supports a variety of beautiful birds & other wildlife. This site will highlight areas in Southwest Florida that are great for photo walks and may be part of the "Great Florida Birding Trail".
A challenge of a wildlife photographer is to bring that beauty closer for others to enjoy and appreciate. These photos are gathered from walks taken in areas of Southwest Florida and show what you might see during your visit. During my walks I hope to capture something special or that ever elusive "perfect picture" of wildlife art.
These areas are selected as excellent places to visit for photography. Use the links at the start of each post to locate each area. It is the goal to expand locations listed as they prove to be excellent opportunities for watching and photographing birds and wildlife.
Matthew B. Gaige
For me, wildlife photography is a leisurely pursuit and a diversion from life's responsibilities. It is also a way to show friends and others the beauties around us.
I use a Canon 60D DSLR camera, along with a Canon 100-400mm L IS telephoto and a Sigma 24-70mm EX lens for wildlife capture. My equipment choices were based on my budget.