2019 – Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One Of The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Returns With Nesting Material   Image Captured During The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers on a lakeside adventure, travelling to Florida to capture images of the native Osprey population as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat. As the sun rises, the bird population comes to life, providing perfect photography opportunities as they fly & dive in the light of the rising sun over the watery horizon.
This night photography trip offers excellent access to this stunning landscape & the wildlife which inhabit it, taking boat trips to capture the best possible images. The osprey is your target species, but you will also be photographing bald eagles, owls, pelicans & coastal birds. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of hundreds of ospreys & their young, in United States, during the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake photography holiday. This photography holiday is of day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4449 per participant.
We utilise two locations for our osprey adventure. Blue Cypress Lake, named so because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water; & the Gainesville area, where the Ospreys are to be found with Bald Eagles. If you are lucky, you may even see the two species interacting.
You will enjoy three early morning boat trips on Blue Cypress Lake. As the sun rises over the lake, the reflected light illuminates the Cypress trees which dot the surface & perimeter of the lake; giving it its name. Over 200 pairs of ospreys reside in the area in the trees which trace the lake’s shoreline & you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph them as they fish, feed their young & bring back nesting material. Afternoons offer chances of more osprey photography on the lake, or you can visit a local rookery to photograph additional wildlife such as snowy egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills & obtain magnificent landscape images. It is truly a keen bird photographer’s paradise.
We have incorporated a day at Cape Coral, photographing another much sort after native species, the burrowing owl. These pint-sized raptors are one of the smallest of all the owls, & of the 171 species of owls worldwide, the only owl that lives underground.
You will also have the opportunity to photograph snail kites, the 3rd rarest bird in North America, as they fly slowly along the shorelines seeking their primary food item, the apple snail. While you are on the boat, you may even see a kite perched on a clump of cattail or in a willow tree.
At Gainesville, you will enjoy three boat trips to photograph ospreys & bald eagles. If you are lucky, you may even see a bald eagle snatching fish from an osprey!
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. You will return with a stunning portfolio of some of the most impressive bird species that Florida has to offer.
Accommodation is offered on a half board basis, & your photography leader will provide guidance where necessary to ensure that you capture remarkable wildlife shots, as well as beautiful Cypress tree ‘lake-scapes’.
Group sizes are limited, so book now to become part of the lucky few!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, egret, little egret, osprey, spoonbill

Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 13th april, 2019

arrive orlando international airport, evening photography at rookery - overnight gatorland

day 2 - sunday - 14th april, 2019

morning photography at rookery, transfer to vero beach - overnight vero beach

day 3 - monday - 15th april, 2019

early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, afternoon photography at rookery - overnight vero beach

day 4 - tuesday - 16th april, 2019

early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, afternoon photography at rookery - overnight vero beach

day 5 - wednesday - 17th april, 2019

early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, transfer to cape coral, evening burrowing owl photography - overnight cape coral

day 6 - thursday - 18th april, 2019

burrowing owl photography photography, transfer to kissimmee, afternoon snail kite photography - overnight kissimmee

day 7 - friday - 19th april, 2019

morning snail kite photography, late afternoon snail kite photography - overnight kissimmee

day 8 - saturday - 20th april, 2019

transfer to gainesville, afternoon bald eagle & osprey photography - overnight gainesville

day 9 - sunday - 21st april, 2019

early morning bald eagle & osprey photography, afternoon bald eagle & osprey photography - overnight gainesville

day 10 - monday - 22nd april, 2019

transfer to orlando international airport

One Of The Roseate Spoonbills At A Rookery Site   Image Captured During The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday