Rick Hobbs Photography

Wildlife/Nature/Outdoor Photography

From The Field

The Birds of Southwest Florida

During the winter months, Southwest Florida is a photographer's paradise if you like to photograph birds. The subjects are plentiful, often decked out in their colorful breeding plumage, and they are exhibiting almost every type of behavior imaginable.

Anhinga nest in Everglades National Park, Florida

In addition to great opportunities for portrait shots you will likely get to photograph birds in flight, nest building, courting, mating, eggs in the nest, feeding young in the nest, adults fishing, preening, and witness many other events as they unfold right in front of you. At both ends of the day you can photograph large groups of birds working together during a feeding frenzy on some of the large ponds.

The weather is usually great and a nice break if you happen to live in a cold winter climate. The days are usually sunny with highs in the 70's - 80's.

Great-blue Herons nest building at Venice Rookery, Florida

Most of the locations are setup perfectly for photography. At some locations, such as the Venice Rookery or the Anhinga Trail, you can stand at a comfortable height and photograph directly into the nests as the activity unfolds. Other locations, such as Ding Darling NWR or Corkscrew, have areas setup like mini-stages with great backgrounds and plenty of subjects directly in front of your lens. These are just a few of the many locations that are available in this subject rich environment.

Roseate Spoonbill - Ding Darling NWR, Florida

Subjects you are likely to encounter include many different species of herons, egrets, ibis, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, anhingas, cormorants and a wide variety of other wading birds.

Raptors usually include osprey, eagle, burrowing owl, red shouldered hawks and more. Also, alligators are in the area and can always be potential subjects.

Osprey with fish - Ding Darling NWR, Florida

Most of these subjects are comfortable having people around so they are surprisingly tolerant and seem to go on about there lives without showing much of a concern when you approach them for photographs. As a result, you can usually spend a great deal of time with your subjects allowing you to create a wide variety of images.

Burrowing Owl - Cape Coral, Florida

If you spend some time photographing in Southwest Florida you will be able to create many great images of a wide variety of subjects.

You are welcome to come spend a week working in the field with me as I lead a photography adventure to the hot spots of Southwest Florida from February 28th - March 6th. All the logistics are in place and the fee includes ground transportation on this adventure, as well as, all your meals, snacks and beverages, and your own motel room. A discount is available if you will be sharing a room with a friend or relative. The group size is kept small to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Let me know if you are interested or have any questions.