Private Birding and Photography Boat Safari, Chokoloskee, FL
Experience ID: 423
A private experience is particularly important for outdoor and wildlife photographers. With a private expedition, you are the focus. The true shooting opportunities are greater. All private photography expeditions are customized based on your desires, the season, the wildlife and the weather. You and your guide discuss your needs, wants and the possible options prior to the experience.
The entire Everglades area, including Everglades National Park, is a wonderful place for birding. With over 300 species of birds throughout the year, it is the only park that was established for its biological and ecological considerations rather than it geological features. If you are an avid birder and prefer to focus on birding without the distractions of a shared or group trip, we do suggest this private experience.
The use of a power boat typically provides the most flexibility for photographers. A flat-decked boat is the shooting platform and has room for one tripod and two guests (three if smaller framed). An electric trolling motor is used to maneuver the boat into position for your shots and to silently approach the wildlife.The power boat is also the only practical way to shoot some of the spectacular island beaches and landscapes at sunrise and sunset.
- This expedition typically lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours.
- Not suitable for children.
- Price is for up to 2 guests.
- Departure time: Sunrise and 2.5 hrs before sunset.
- On most expeditions, participants will be with a wildlife photographer who is also a Florida Master Naturalist and licensed Coast Guard captain.
What can I realistically expect to see?
It is nature and it is wild. Every trip is different. Some days, participants are fortunate to see a lot of wildlife, some days less. That is up to Mother Nature. However, all the guides are experienced outdoors men and women, naturalists and educators. They will have a handle on where the wildlife is on a any given day, but you can view only what is there. Most days, participants can see ospreys, various breeds of herons and egrets, pelicans, numerous species of shorebirds and raccoons. Most every trip,in the warmer months, manatees are typically spotted from the transport boat. However, guests also commonly see dolphins, rosette spoonbills, bald eagles, various hawks, white pelicans, owls, sea turtles, kites and black vultures. Participants have seen wild hogs, bobcats, white-tail deer and even black bear on some occasions from the kayaks. You really never know until you are there.
What about the alligators?
The Everglades Area is famous for alligators. However, the alligators are not a problem for guests. They keep a safe distance away and so do you. They are fond of fish and fowl.
What do I Need to Bring?
Please bring wharever you wish to eat or drink. It is suggested plenty of water, but please adhere to the "Leave No Trace" policy. Clothing should be appropriate for the season and the day's weather. A light jacket is needed on most trips. Sun protection is always a good idea ...hats, sun block, etc. Protective footwear, that you don't mind getting wet, is a good recommendation. Bring your camera!