I like lots of you are from up North and the novelty of looking forward to Winter is always amusing. Know the feeling? Not because we all eschew Summer here in Southwest Florida but because Winter means great bird and wildlife photography. Could use use a few tips?
- Alligators. Despite what some would guess, they’re very photogenic. I like to take shots that depict portraits, the whole ‘gator and close ups of their textured hide. The best time? Late afternoon when warm sun keeps them basking happily along waterways everywhere, particularly in the Everglades. Always use caution around these top predators!
- Birds. At this time of year we have a mix of resident birds and temporary migratory residents. Great photography can be had, just search the beaches and concentrated inland waterways. Tip: juveniles of certain species like our eagles and gulls show mottled plumage so a field guide is a must unless you’re expert.
In all cases DSLR owners will need larger lenses including zooms of at least 300mm while Point and Shoot owners should use their optical zoom while avoiding the temptation of reaching out further with the digital zoom which distorts picture quality.
If I can take a question for you or if you’re interested in a guided trip to the Everglades, just zip me a message and I’ll respond promptly. Good luck afield, let’s hear how you do- Gordon.
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