A Neighborhood Florida Park

During my last visit to Florida I stayed in Sebastian.  It's a great town that I've learned to really enjoy and as with most places in Florida it has an incredible diversity of birds. While staying there with my wife and family we would walk our dog multiple times a day at a neighborhood park called Easy Street Park. The first time we walked there I was surprised to see a good mix of waders and other Florida birds.  Even with all the people, kids and dogs walking around I saw White Ibis, a pair of Little Blue Herons, a Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, a single Tricolored Heron, a couple of Loggerhead Shrikes, a Double-crested Cormorants, and a single Pied-billed Grebe.  I knew when I first saw all those birds I would be spending some time at this park photographing them.  

You can see how developed it is around this park with a single small lake in the center.

You can see how developed it is around this park with a single small lake in the center.

I waited about a week or so before shooting there so I could scout and learn where the best spot to set up would be.  Since we were walking there every day I really got the lay of the land.  I started to notice that most of the birds were feeding in one particular corner of the lake.  In addition to most of the waders hanging out in this corner the single Pied-billed Grebe was there as well. I figured this would be the best corner to hang out in the first morning light and that became my plan.  

One morning I arrived right at sunrise, crawled down to the shoreline and laid there.  At first all the birds moved away from me but it didn't take long for them to return.  For two mornings straight I laid for a couple hours in this same corner without moving and was able to shoot an incredible variety of close portraits, feeding actions shots, and water level shots.  It was a ton of fun and proves that with a little time paying attention you can create some great bird photos without having to travel to exotic locations.

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.