This is a list of locations I recommend for bird photography that I'll list by Florida counties. I'm only including locations I have visited, not an extensive list covering all of Florida. I'll be catching up on these locations as I have time.
Palm Beach County
You have two locations that almost make getting a photo of a wide selection of birds too easy. Both are more than well-worth visiting and you're pretty much assured of getting some great photos.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands is 50 acres of previous wastewater utility property, the created wetlands are free and open to the public. Wakodahatchee features a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting.
Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands is the county's newest nature center that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat.
St. Johns County
St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a Zoological Park that began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts.
We decided to stop in and pass some time and were astounded at the number and variety of birds nesting above the alligators.
Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary serves as a humane, natural refuge for over 90 non-releasable birds, representing almost 40 different species. Every bird that is housed on our property passed through our Mission Wild Bird Hospital as a patient and was deemed non-releasable by our certified Wildlife Rehabilitators and our Volunteer Vet. This means that the birds unfortunately suffered injuries that prevent them from performing their natural behaviors such as flying, perching, feeding, and walking. However, our Sanctuary offers them the chance to live out the remainder of their lives in enclosures filled with natural perching, enriching activities, and appropriate diet.
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger complex that encompasses the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of the lands in these refuges are nesting and roosting islands. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres.
Shark Valley Two of the estuaries supplied by The Everglades River are the Shark River and Little Shark River whose brackish waters provide wonderful feeding and nursing habitats for several species of sharks, including bull sharks, which are the top of the food chain, as well as blacktip sharks and lemon sharks.
You won’t see any mountains framing the Shark Valley, but we are technically in a valley because the coastal ridges of South Florida are higher than the interior of this part of the state. The western coastal ridge is about 14-17 feet above sea level. The Atlantic ridge is 15-20 feet above sea level, and the Shark Valley Visitor Center area is about 7 feet above sea level, which puts us in the valley between the two ridges. And that’s why we’re called Shark Valley.
Big Cypress National Preserve
There are two places in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
· Turner River/Upper Wagonwheel/Birdon Road - Description coming soon...
· Loop Road- Description coming soon..