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Everglades Birding & Photography Tours

With over 300 bird species, the Everglades is the prime location to spot some of the most exotic birds. Encounter egrets, ospreys, hawks, eagles, and much more. Our tour guides will navigate you to some of the most remote locations to capture the perfect photos.

 

Activity Level:

Easy = May include walking short distances and/or light physical activity.
Moderate = May include longer distance walks and/or walking rough terrain and/or fair amount of physical activity.
Advanced = May include an extended time where more involved physical activity is needed.


Everglades Grand Heritage & Birding Excursion

Partner: Everglades Area Tours
Activity Level: Advanced
Group Size: 6 maximum
Duration: 7 hours
Contact: (800) 860-1472 / Email / Website

 

  • Tour Description: Enjoy the entire day exploring the 10,000 islands, the Everglades Tidal Rivers and Flats, the Wilderness Waterway, Mangrove Creeks and Tunnels, Everglades National Park, and Coastal Island Beaches on the Everglades Grand Heritage Tour. This tour includes boating, kayaking, and walking the trails of some of the most exotic and historical locations in the Everglades. Several stops will be made throughout the day to explore these historic locations and take a rest in between parts of the trip. Guests are welcomed to bring along lunch and refreshments to enjoy a fun, scenic picnic in some of the Everglades most remote, historic areas.
  • What to bring: Camera and binoculars

 


Private Birding & Photography Excursion – Walk

Partner: Everglades Area Tours
Activity Level: Easy
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Contact: (800) 860-1472 / Email / Website

 

  • Tour Description: This tour is a great introduction to the Everglades wildlife, particularly the birds. Each private tour is guided by a wildlife photographer who is also Florida Master Naturalist. This tour can be conducted most anywhere in the area, but one of the most popular locations is Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. With over 300 bird species, the Everglades has become the prime location to spot some of the most exotic birds. Egrets, ospreys, hawks, eagles, pelicans, roseate spoonbill, terns, gulls, plovers, and oystercatchers are common on these tours. There are so many possibilities on this tour and the naturalist guide will be sure to fit your needs and work around your preferences.
  • You may see: A plethora of shorebirds, wading birds and raptors on the powerboat or kayak based trips. Mixed in, as well, can be dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators and a vast variety of others.

 


Private Birding & Photography Excursion  – Kayak

Partner: Everglades Area Tours
Activity Level: Moderate
Group Size: 1-3 maximum
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Contact: (800) 860-1472 / Email / Website

 

  • Tour Description: This private tour uses very stable, tandem kayaks or canoes as the photo platform. The photographer is positioned in the front and the guide would be in the back taking care of most of the paddling. We will position the craft while you shoot. The paddle craft allow us to penetrate the mangrove forests, mangrove tunnels and tidal creeks… areas that you simply cannot get to with a traditional boat. It is the only way to reach some of the areas roosts and rockeries and the best way to access others. In addition to avian life, you may have opportunities to shoot alligators, river otters, orchids, bromeliads and other flora, as well as, the numerous “critters” that call the mangroves home. For the best experience, we prefer to limit the tour to two guests and one photographer for a total of three. The photographer and guide will be in one craft the two other guests will share another tandem craft.
  • You may see: A plethora of shorebirds, wading birds and raptors on the powerboat or kayak based trips. Mixed in, as well, can be dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators and a vast variety of others.

 


Private Birding & Photography Excursion – Power Boat

Partner: Everglades Area Tours
Activity Level: Easy
Duration: 2 ½ – 3 hours
Contact: (800) 860-1472 / Email / Website

  • Tour Description: The use of a power boat typically provides the most flexibility for photographers. A flat-decked boat is your shooting platform and has room for one tripod and two guests (three if smaller framed). An electric trolling motor is used to maneuver the boat into position for your shots and to silently approach the wildlife. The power boat is also the only practical way to shoot some of the spectacular island beaches and landscapes at sunrise and sunset.This tour will give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal to the wildlife and plants, making for some incredible photos. The naturalist guide will work with you to fit all your needs and desires by discussing the options and possibilities prior to the tour. The longer tours offered can fit up to six adult guests and three tripods.
  • You may see: A plethora of shorebirds, wading birds and raptors on the powerboat or kayak based trips. Mixed in, as well, can be dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators and a vast variety of others.

 


Group Power Boat Birding & Photography Excursion

Partner: Everglades Area Tours
Activity Level: Easy
Group Size: 6 maximum
Duration: 2 hours
Contact: (800) 860-1472 / Email / Website

 

  • Tour Description: This two hour tour is a great introduction to the Everglades wildlife, particularly the birds. With over 300 bird species, the Everglades has become the prime location to spot some of the most exotic birds. Egrets, ospreys, hawks, eagles, pelicans, roseate spoonbill, terns, gulls, plovers, and oystercatchers are common on these tours. The large size of the Park allows photographers to capture photos in areas that may be difficult for others to reach. This exclusive opportunity will allow photographers to capture photos of an array of birds, as well as marine life, such as dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators, and more. There are so many possibilities on this tour and the naturalist guide will be sure to fit your needs and work around your preferences. This tour uses sturdy, power boats where the naturalist guide will take you where you please while you take photos. These boats include a flat-deck with room for one tripod and two to three guests. This tour will give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal to the wildlife and plants, making for some incredible photos. The naturalist guide will work with you to fit all your needs and desires by discussing the options and possibilities prior to the tour. The longer tours offered can fit up to six adult guests and three tripods.
  • What to wear: Hat and sunglasses.
  • What to bring: Cameras, binoculars, snacks, and favorite drinks.
  • You may see: Manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills, as well as, numerous species of fish and shorebirds.

 


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