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Florida Birds, Gators and Landscapes!

Spend 5 days on the Southeast coast of Florida, photographing the wildlife and landscapes!

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Join workshop leader Sean Quintilian for 5 days, as we explore the southeast coast of Florida, photographing fantastic birds, gators and landscapes. We will have opportunities to photograph 8-12 wading birds in breeding plumage, including nesting wood storks and roseate spoonbills. All North American members of the Heron Family will be a possibility on this trip, as well as Painted Buntings , purple gallinule , northern skimmers and other birds. for those who like to keep count anywhere from 75-100 birds can easily be identified on this trip, with opportunities to photograph 20-25 species.

We will photograph alligators and should have a good chance for American Saltwater Crocodiles. Manatee will be seen, but difficult to photograph from above the surface.
Everglades landscapes of a sea of grass as well as cypress forest, mangrove and palm tree sunsets.

Temperatures can range from the mid to upper 80’s in the everglades to possible morning temps in the 40’s near Orlando. Be sure to bring some shoes or sandals you can get wet.
All transportation in Florida is included in the cost of the workshop, airport to airport.

Hotels have been booked in both Florida City and Titusville, 3 nights in each location. Theses are both Comfort Inn Hotels and the cost for all 6 nights will be Approximately $880 paid at check in, not included in the workshop fee.

The Tentative Schedule is below, however, daily changes may happen based on weather or other conditions that may effect wildlife.

Sunday March 6:
Arrive in Homestead after 3:00pm
Airport pick up available at Miami or Ft Lauderdale (coordinate with me before booking)
Check in at : Comfort Inn, Florida City (rooms already Booked)
Dinner as a group orientation for the week.

Monday March 7:
Everglades National Park
Sunrise at Anhinga trail, gators and wading birds. Gator eye sunrise if possible. Breakfast on location.
Mid day will be spent making our way to Flamingo, with stops for hardwood hammocks and hopefully big clouds over the everglades for some B&W shooting.
Lunch at Flamingo, Osprey and Eco-Pond for more birds and gators
Look for Am. Crocodile and Manatee, as well as brown Pelicans at Flamingo.
Sunset location will depend on skies.

Tuesday March 8:
Morning shoot in Big Cypress Swamp, landscapes of large cypress trees, Spanish moss etc…
9:30 arrive at Shark Valley for close up bird photography
Lunch at nearby café that serves alligator (those who want to try it)
A visit to the Clyde Butcher Gallery, and Big Cypress visitor center.
Afternoon light shooting in Big Cypress, filtered light in thru the trees.
Evening/sunset based on location, and sky conditions.

Wednesday March 9:
Early check out of hotel.
Morning light at Wakodahatchee Wetlands (nesting wood stork, great blue herons and anhinga)lots of other birds and reptiles.
If time permits other nearby wetlands (Green Key and north everglades)
Afternoon will be spent at other Parks along the Florida East Coast looking for Florida Scrub Jays and Southern Fox Squirrels
Arrive at Comfort Inn Kennedy Space Center

Thursday March 10:
Sunrise Canaveral National Sea Shore
Moring light at Merritt Island NWR including Manatee viewing/photography.
Search feeders at visitor center for Painted Buntings.
Lunch in Titusville
Afternoon and evening back in Merrit Island with hopes of good sunset conditions to silhouettepalm trees.
Dinner at Sonny’s BBQ!!!

Friday March 11:
First light at Viera Wetlands.
Afternoon at Orlando wetlands.

Saturday March 12:
Check out and Drop Off at Orlando Airport for afternoon departures.