Birds, Photography, Wildlife
Double Accommodation: $5,200/person
Single Supplement: + $775
Max Group Size
14 (2 leaders)
Relaxed ; Short walks with optional longer for Flamingo; some longer drives
Florida is unique among the 50 states with its geology, geography, flora, and fauna offering a fascinating mix of north and south, with a flavor of the Caribbean, and a major flyway for Neotropical migrants. This short and relaxed tour combs through Southern Florida’s highlights with visits to world-famous Everglades, the beautiful Keys, the central pine barrens, and the remote Dry Tortugas. The Everglades are a one-of-a-kind natural wonder among southern Florida’s many wild treasures, and the Keys offer spectacular beaches plus unique hardwood hammocks home to numerous bird specialties. We will also spend a day in the Dry Tortugas amidst spectacular seabirds, and we will witness the heartbeat of the Spring migration here. Even within the greater Miami area nature still survives and thrives among burgeoning development, and we will visit local migrant hotspots and seek some of the ABA countable exotic species (always a fun and interesting venture).
Short-tailed Hawk, Snail Kite, Mangrove Cuckoo, White-crowned Pigeon, Antillean Nighthawk, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, the endemic Florida Scrub-Jay, & rare Shiny Cowbird.Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow. Sooty, Roseate & Bridled Terns; Brown & Black (uncommon) Noddy; Masked, Brown & Red-footed (rare) Boobiies; American Flamingo (uncommon). countable exotics, such as, Egyptian Goose, Gray-headed Swamphen, White-winged and Nanday parakeets, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Myna, and Spot-breasted Oriole. Caribbean rarities, e.g., Bahama Mockingbird and others can sometimes be found.
Florida Panther (rare); American alligator & American Crocodile (uncommon); Manatee.
Miami International Airport at 4:00 PM
Comfortable 2 – 3 star hotels
From Miami International Airport, 9 nights lodging, all meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on last day
guide, transportation,entry fees & permits, taxes & tips (tips to guide optional)
Alcohol, personal calls, laundry, other personal expenses.
Marshlands & swamps; pine woodlands; coast & island habitats.
Hot & humid in most places; can be cool on boat trip to Dry Tortugas.
Suggested Clothing and Gear
Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Small day pack / fanny pack
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
Rain jacket/wind breaker
PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
- National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition) Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017, National Geographic Society