Friday, December 2, 2011

Photo Adventure- South Florida w/ Marvin Bouknight & Eric Horan

Here are a few of my favorite images from our 2 day workshop at The Devils Garden Bird Park and Circle B Bar Ranch. These images will help convey the  immense diversity of bird life in these areas. From the Crested Cara Cara to the Meadow Lark this photo adventure offers opportunities to see and photograph images of 60 species of birds or more in just a couple of very focused days of exploring. After a few trips to the area Marvin & I are now very familiar with the habitat and wildlife movements and each trip adds to that knowledge base. This allows our workshop attendees to just come along, enjoy the ride and have a unique outdoor adventure that won't soon be forgotten.
 First wading bird we saw "Great White Heron" (not an Egret : )
 The "Swallow-tailed Kite" - several birds flew right overhead
 The endangered "Snail Kite" are a species we were especially interested in observing (here with snail)
 "Red-Tailed Hawk" (flew overhead as we were shooting Sandhill Crane)
 "Barred Owl" I scared him from his perch driving the ATV, then he stayed here for several minutes
"Red-Shouldered Hawk" busy feasting when we first spotted him, let us get close (full frame 500mm)
"Burrowing Owl" @ Devils Garden Bird Park (ATV & approached on foot)
 Sandhill Crane (next four shots)

We watched three on the ground feeding for a few minutes, then several more birds landed, headed right toward the cameras
 "White Ibis" (environmental portrait - I loved the perch)

Plenty of large gators
 "Northern Shrike" (shot from the vehicle)
 "Eastern Meadowlark" (ATV & approach on foot)
 "Belted Kingfisher" not an easy bird to get close to but we sat near one of his favorite perches in ATV
 "Anhinga" drying wings @ Circle B-Bar Ranch
 "Black-bellied Whistling Duck" because of hard 45degree, rather contrasty light I choose to make this single image HDR combining (3) exposures
"Little Blue Heron"
 "Cattle Egret" and white-faced steer
Big Bull @ Devils Garden

All three scenics @ Circle B-Bar Ranch - Lakeland


  1. Lovely photos from a fantastic sounding workshop!

  2. Thank you Jonathan! And indeed it was : ) Such a great wildlife rich area.