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Hot Spots for Bird Photography in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is a known hot spot for bird photography.   It’s an especially good place to photograph birds during the winter and spring migrations.

Black and White Warbler

Black and White WarblerSix Mile Slough

Florida is a terrific location for wading birds, shore birds, migrating song birds, raptors, and even birds such as the Florida Scrub Jay or White-crowned Pigeon that are only found in the area.

In this blog post, I provide information and links to some of my favorite Southwest Florida bird photography hot spots.  I typically photograph birds in Florida during that winter months and in numerous trips I’ve researched and photographed some of the best areas in Southwest Florida.

Wood Stork

Wood StorkShady Hollow Road Rookery

That said, I’m sure I didn’t photograph all the best spots.  If you have a favorite bird photography spot in Southwest Florida, leave a comment or send us an email and we’ll check it out and add it to the blog.

The Florida bird photography locations are listed from north to south.  Click on the links for additional information about the location. 

Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Scrub Jay – Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Venice Rookery

Venice
Wading Birds

Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Port Charlotte
Song Birds, Florida Scrub Jays, Raptors, Warblers

Cape Coral Burrowing Owls

Cape Coral
Burrowing Owls

Rotary Park

Cape Coral
Song Birds, Ducks, Parrots, wading birds

Six Mile Slough

Fort Myers
Song Birds, Wading Birds, Warblers, Owls

Bunche Beach Preserve

Fort Myers
Shore Birds, Wading Birds, Ospreys

J.N.Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island
Wading Birds, Shore Birds, Ospreys

Bailey Tract of Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island
Wading Birds, Ducks, Song Birds, Warblers

Corkscrew Swamp

Immokalee
Song Birds, Warblers, Wading Birds, Painted Buntings

Shady Hollow Road Rookery

Immokalee
Wading Birds, Raptors, Wood Storks

Big Cypress Preserve

South of Immokalee
Shore Birds, lots of gators

Written by Martin Belan

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