Roseate Spoonbills - Best Bird Photography Tours | Florida & Alaska

Florida Spoonbills Photography Tour

March 25th-26th, 2017 - 6 people - $1150

April 22nd-23rd, 2017 - 6 people - $1150


This Best Bird Photography Tour will take you to the absolute best location to photograph Roseate Spoonbills with breeding colors in the state of Florida. You will have the very best chances to create images of beautiful Spoonbills flying, landing, preening and more. The tour consists of three boat rides to the Spoonbill rookery and two working lunches.

Florida Spoonbill Tour - Hands Up
Florida Spoonbill Tour - Wings Up

The Tampa Bay Spoonbill rookery

The Tampa Bay Spoonbill rookery, located at the mouth of the Alafia river, is the biggest rookery in the state of Florida overall. Among the numerous other species represented, the Roseate Spoonbills come breed at this location in great numbers. There is no other place where you can predictibly observe and photograph thos beautiful pink feather birds with breeding colors. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to create stunning flight images as I will point out to you some likely flight trajectories. I have created some of my highest awarded images at the Tampa Bay Spoonbill rookery, including many BBC Wildlife Photographer Of The Year final round selections.

Florida Spoonbill Tour - Flash of pink
Florida Spoonbill Tour - Banking in flight

Spoonbills with breeding colors and more

The Tampa Bay Spoonbill rookery is a seasonal breeding ground for many other species. You will be very likely to photograph Double-crested Cormorants, White Ibises, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, American White Pelicans, American Oystercatchers, Long-billed Curlews. There is potential to see just about any species common to Florida as well as a very numerous Brown Pelican population in breeding colors.

Florida Spoonbill Tour - Landing over the blue water
Florida Spoonbill Tour - Banking over the blue water

Spoonbill photography guidelines

The boat will take us to the Spoonbill rookery, where we will shoot in the water with water level around mid-thighs. Chest waders will be provided to you and we will remain at least 50 feet away from the point of highest tide to follow the Audubon guidelines and make sure we do not cause any stress on the breeding birds.

Florida Spoonbill Tour - Wing flap
Florida Spoonbill Tour - After bathing

The cost

$1150 for the best Spoonbill with breeding colors photography tour! You need to make a $250 deposit to hold your spot.


What is included:

  • 3 boat rides
  • boat Captain tips
  • 2 lunches
  • image critique and Photoshop image optimization tutorials during lunch breaks with interactive help on whichever need you have.
  • in-the-field Photography instruction from your favorite award-winning bird photographer

  • What is not included:

  • airfare
  • hotel
  • meals other than lunches
  • Florida Spoonbill Tour - Landing lesson
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    Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) taking off - Fort Desoto, Florida
    Florida Spoonbill Tour - Brown Pelican in flight
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