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Birds at the Beach

February 25 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST


Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Join me for a productive afternoon photographing birds in flight and resting birds along the beach. We will study on composition, proper angles, focus point selection, focus settings, and manual exposure. We will shoot until last light and conclude with sunset silhouetting remaining subjects. We will use live view if shooting directly into setting sun. I will guide you through this process to acquire desirable images.

For an avian photographer, Tampa Bay is one of those places that borders on the magical. It is one of the top birding spots in Florida, possibly the East Coast. While tourists flock here for the beaches, photographers and birders flock here for the population of birds. On this workshop, you’ll learn tips and techniques to find great bird photography opportunities as well as choosing the best settings to capture bird behavior and action. Tampa Bay is a photographer’s playground, so while you may be here just for the birds, plan to encounter a variety of other subjects including reptiles, small mammals, butterflies, sea creatures, and more.

Wherever you go at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

Another amazing example of the importance of the park’s natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist New species are being added every year. The beach also provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September.

Activity Level: Low.

Things to Know: There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring: Mid to Long range lenses (ideally 300mm equivalent or more).  Teleconverter if you have one. Water, sunscreen and bug repellent are recommended.  Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.


February 25
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Fort De Soto County Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S
Tierra Verde,FL33715United States
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Who's Attending

5 people are attending Birds at the Beach

  • Anjula Smith
  • Jeff Fennell
  • Nelson Ulloa
  • Matt Feldman