The Everglades National Park is the most famous place in Florida for nature lovers. And birds are a huge attraction here.
Being a tropical wetland, water birds are a massive drawcard for birdwatchers and bird photographers.
And there’s so much more as well: birds of prey are numerous with around two dozen species of diurnal raptors and owls known to frequent the region.
Passerines are also diverse throughout the Everglades.
All in all, the current tally for birds recorded in the Everglades National Park is around 375, including with almost half being considered rare to very rare. For many, the Everglades provides a last refuge in a region overtaken by intense human development on former swamp and wetland habitats.
In addition to birds, of course, the Everglades region and National Park is home to impressive reptiles like alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles, over 40 species of mammal, and a variety of frogs. The Everglades ecosystem is truly spectacular.
As a bird photographer your main problem is: where do I start and how can I make the most of my time here?
Where to go in the Everglades for great bird photography opportunities