Florida Birds in Breeding Plumage with Mollie Isaacs

Come to Florida at the best time of year to photograph some of the most beautiful birds in breeding plumage – Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, several species of Herons, and more. And photograph them with their chicks still in the nest. The best part is that all of this will be happening at eye level!

We will be in a private rookery where all the birds are truly wild, and freely come and go. It is beautifully designed with walkways that put us almost at the treetops with the birds. No super long lenses needed. We will have special early access to the rookery. Super bird photography does not get any better, or any easier, than this.

Not yet posted on the website, so email me for complete details at AwakeTheLightPhoto@icloud.com

Wading Birds of SE Florida with Maresa Pryor-Luzier

Come experience SE Florida from March 8-11 with an optional trip until the 12th.   We’ll  photograph wading birds in rookeries and marshes, burrowing owls,  shorebirds at sunrise along the Atlantic Coast, and a boat ride to photograph osprey nests in a gorgeous cypress strand. Optimal lenses 24mm, 100-400, and longer telephotos needed. Easy walking, and beautiful places. A Block of hotel rooms are available at two locations. We’ll be in Boca Raton and Vero Beach. One on one instruction from bird photographer Maresa Pryor-Luzier.

NANPA Discount Boca Rate is $425 or the full trip for$ 735.

Venice Rookery with Mary Lundeberg

In this class, students will capture powerful digital photographs by using the wide array of camera functions available beyond the automatic settings. Students will explore the aesthetics and principles of nature photography by thinking about the story they want to tell, how to frame the story (composition elements) and how to use light (exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Students will learn how to photograph birds in flight, as well as create beautiful bird portraits. This course includes field experience at the Venice Rookery.

St. John’s River FL with Mike Army

The ‘Florida Spring Break Tour’ is a private all inclusive tour for individuals who are looking for a unique experience by boat in the pristine back waters of the Ocala National Forest that can be booked by the day or by the week. This is an annual tour I have been conducting each spring since 2001 at this location. I have been exploring this area since the late 1960’s as my Grandfather lived in Ocala and first showed me the beauty and wonders that the Ocala National Forest has to offer to anyone that appreciates Nature, Wildlife and the excitement of the pristine Florida Wilderness. This is not a tour of a national or state park in a group taking standard pictures at standard locations that are available to anyone. This is an expedition into unspoiled wilderness environments only accessible by boat where not seeing another person all day long is common. I conduct the tour for 5 weeks from a rental house with a private dock on the St Johns River that is our base camp for the duration of your stay.

A wastewater wonderland

Story and photography by Budd Titlow

Do you want to knock your birding and photography socks off without busting your bank account? And—in the process—get to witness a prime example of sustainable water management for wildlife habitat enhancement and climate-change control?

If so, just grab your binoculars and camera gear and head to the Brevard County Wastewater Treatment Plant located in the east-central Florida town of Viera, Florida—just 2.5 miles west of I-95. There you’ll find 200 acres of constructed wetlands that are supported and nourished by advanced treatment outflow from the treatment plant. You’ll also find some of the best and easiest wild birdwatching and photography you’ve ever experienced. It’s called the Viera Wetlands.

Typical view of habitat provided by Viera’s sewage-treatment wetlands.

Establishment of the Viera Wetlands has been a phenomenal success. These created aquatic habitats now provide living spaces for more than 160 species of birds, but—perhaps best of all—the birding and photography access is as easy as pie. A network of 2.4 miles of one-way, 10 mph gravel roads—perched atop the earthen berms—allows superb opportunities for virtually every square foot of the sanctuary. Continue reading