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Photographing birds at Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Port Charlotte

Tippecanoe Environmental Park has almost 7 miles of trails to hike for bird photography.  The trails lead through scrub brush, flat woods, and also by several lakes. 

Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Scrub Jay

The trails are sand and dirt but easy enough to walk on.  There are a couple entrances to the park which is located right behind several sports fields.   The entrance that I used is at the end of Tea Street.  I used the address of 2246 Tea Street, Port Charlotte in my GPS for the Tea Street entrance.  Keep going after that address and bear to the right to the end of the parking area.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers were everywhere at the park.  Pine and Prairie warblers are also common to the park.  Florida Scrub-Jays are also present in the Tippecanoe Environmental park.  I also photographed a Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight while hiking just after sunrise.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

During the rainy season, the trails can be flooded.  I had to double back on the brown trail as it was completely flooded after a rainy winter season.  Doubling back had its benefits though. I got to photograph two Florida Scrub-Jays at close range after doubling back.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

It was a cold Friday morning when I visited Tippecanoe Environmental Park but I didn’t see another person at the park.  It was a nice change from the morning crowds at Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve.

Written by Martin Belan

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