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Photography Workshops and Tours Rookery Workshop IV - photography workshop
Caspian Tern baby - photography workshopVisit Florida when the birds are plentiful and the weather is, well, better than any other place in the country. Come explore, learn and photograph some of Florida’s hottest birding locations with a Florida Native, Photographer and Master Naturalist, James Shadle.

On our list of locations for this photography workshop, weather being the variable, are: Alafia Banks Preserve, Lakeland (Wood Storks), Menard Park, Terra Verde, St. Joseph Sound, Tampa Bay Spoil Islands

This workshop takes you to some of Florida’s legendary birding locations. The Alafia Banks Preserve is the largest and most important Spoonbill Rookery in the US Spoonbills and White Pelicans are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Baby birds, Baby birds, did I say baby birds? Breeding colors and migrants make this the time and place to be in Florida.

Photograph courtship behavior, predation, high breeding colors, nesting materials being flown in (did I say flyers ?!)Young waders just fledged, and lot of them.

What sets this workshop/tour apart from the other Rookery Workshop/Tours are Terns, Gulls and Oyster Catchers.

We explore the spoil islands of Tampa Bay, were thousands of Laughing Gulls, Caspian Terns, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, Forster Terns and Oyster Catchers come to breed.

Be fore warned, it is illegal to trespass on these islands, so we will be knee to hip deep or shooting from the boat. Weather can be tricky this time of year. Safety first. If I determine
The waters to be unsafe, I have terrestrial based rookeries we can work.

Expect busy days, sunrise to sunset. But for those who desire a break, no problem. You can relax and recoup during a midday break. Many like to break at lunch, a rest sped from the midday sun, or just a refreshing nap. We will make arrangements for everyone to meet for the afternoon shoot; others may join me for some midday macro (if I don’t fall asleep under a tree).

Most if not all of these workshops will use a boat for transportation. If the weather is too rough I do have alternate terrestrial based locations.

Expect to get wet. We stand in ankle to knee deep water most of the time to get those shots many only dream of.

This time of year the weather can be paradise, hot or believe it or down right cool. Be prepared, I like to wear light weight long sleeve shirts and long light weight fast drying pants. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen and while at this time of year, we almost never need insect repellent, just in case, bring your favorite insect repellent. This way I know we won’t need it.

We hope to photograph:

Sunrise and Sunsets
Male Magnificent Frigatebird Juvenille Roseate Spoonbill
Black Skimmer chick
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Tour: Rookery Workshop / Tour IV
Tour Date: June 03 - 05
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Beautiful Beaches
White Pelicans
Royal Terns with young
Caspian Terns with young
Forster Terns with young
Laughing Gull with young
Oyster Catcher with young
Least Tern with young
Brown Pelicans nesting, with young
Roseate Spoonbill nesting, with young
Great Blue Heron nesting, with young
Great Egret nesting, with young
Anhinga nesting with young
Werderman’s Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron nesting, with young
Snowy Egret nesting, with young
Tri-Colored Heron nesting, with young
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
Wood Storks nesting, with young
Black and Yellow Crown Night Herons
Moor Hens
American Alligators
Marsh Rabbits
Little Green Heron
Belted King Fisher
Song Birds of many varieties
Black and Turkey Vulture
Black, White and Red Mangroves
Mangrove Crabs
Fiddler Crabs
Stone Crabs
Blue Crabs
Mangrove Tree Snails
Shore Birds Galore
Black Neck Stilt
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