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Birding Photography Tours

Everglades National Park
"Dedicated to fun and the experiential education of students, families and travelers from Florida, the Americas and the World"
Everglades birding and photography tours
Shared Tours:
* Marco Island Dolphin & Wildlife Tour
* Marco 10,000 Islands Excursion
* Everglades National Park Wildlife & Photo Expedition
* Everglades National Park 2 hr Photo
* Grand Heritage and Birding Tours

Private Tours
* Everglades National Park - Boat
* Private Grand Heritage Tours * Everglades/Fakahatchee - Kayak
* Everglades/Fakahatchee - Walking

  • Private Power Boat Birding/Photography Tour - 2 hours
  • Private Kayak Birding/Photography Tour - 2 hours
    For the more Serious Photographer or Birder

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.

However, most of the 1.5 million acres in the Park are flooded and essentially out of reach for the average birder and photographers. Everglades Area Tours can you take you and your equipment to areas seldom reach by others.

As the seasons, migrations and bird populations vary, we to must vary our experiences. While we never know what we will encounter, in general, you can expect a plethora of shore birds, wading birds and raptors on the power boat or kayak based trips. Mixed in, as well, can be dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators and a vast variety of others.

If you are an avid birder and prefer to focus on birding without the distractions of a shared or group trip, we do suggest a private experience.

A private experience is particularly important for outdoor and wildlife photographers. On the shared tours, we must balance the needs and desires of all aboard. With a private tour, you are our focus. If we need to reposition for lighting, wait until particular subject is where you want them or bring you to a particular species or landscape we can. The true shooting opportunities are greater. On the shared trips, you do not have this luxury.

The most popular is the power boat based tour below.



Private Power Boat Birding/Photography Tour

The whole area and your photography/birding opportunities change with the seasons, therefore so do our tours. Sometimes we need to run deep into the Park's interior to reach a shoot location or species. Other times, the wildlife is close by.

Lighting considerations can influence a shoot and many photographers wish to shoot early in the mornings or late in the evenings. However, tidal considerations are even more important, especially for shooting wading birds as they need shallow water to feed. Many photographers enjoy shooting while standing in the water or on a remote sand beach.

All private photography tours 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 your tour.

The use of a power boat typically provides the most flexibility for photographers. A flat-decked boat is your 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.

On most tours, you will be with a wildlife photographer who is also Florida Master Naturalist and licensed Coast Guard captain. This tour is $399.95 and typically lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours. Reservations are required and the tour can be booked securely online (and save you $10!). Please do not hesitate to call, however. Prices exclude 6% Florida sales tax and gratuity for your guide.

Longer tours, specific destinations and boats that can accommodate up six adults and three tripods are available. Please give us a call with your needs!


Private Kayak Birding/Photography Tour

Online Booking of our Private KAYAK Birding/Photo Tour is Not Available -
Please Call 239-695-3633 to Book this Tour.

This second private tour uses very stable, tandem kayaks or canoes as the photo platform. The photographer is positioned in the front and the guide would be in the back taking care of most of the paddling. We will position the craft while you shoot.

The paddle craft allow us to penetrate the mangrove forests, mangrove tunnels and tidal creeks ... areas that you simply cannot get to with a traditional boat. It is the only way to reach some of the areas roosts and rockeries and the best way to access others. In addition to avian life, you may have opportunities to shoot alligators, river otters, orchids, bromeliads and other flora, as well as, the numerous "critters" that call the mangroves home.

For the best experience, we prefer to limit the tour to two guests and one photographer for a total of three. The photographer and guide will be in one craft the two other guests will share another tandem craft. Too many boats can interfere with the shoot and scare off the wildlife. This tour is $399.95 for one to three persons. Your guide is a naturalist on this tour, as well.

Online Booking of our Private KAYAK Birding/Photo Tour is Not Available. This tour is $399.95 for one person.
Please Call 239-695-3633 to Book this Tour.

Private Walking Birding/Photography Tour

This tour can be conducted most anywhere in the area, but one of the most popular locations is Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. This tour is $399.95 for one person. Your guide is a naturalist on this tour, as well.

Online Booking of our Private WALKING Birding/Photo Tour is Not Available -
Please Call 239-695-3633 to Book this Tour.

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Everglades Area Tours
238 Mamie St. ~ Chokoloskee Island, FL 34138
Reservations: 800-860-1472
Information: 239-695-3633     FAX: 877-335-6321
Email: info.EvergladesAreaTours@gmail.com