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    Default Fort DeSoto to Sanibel RFI

    I will be headed to St Petersburg next weekend and was then planning on heading down to the Sanibel area (and possibly try Cape Coral for Burrowing Owls). I will have three mornings of photography and was planning on spending one at Fort DeSoto and two in the Sanibel area. I am having some difficulty finding up to date information on the areas and have limited experience on the best areas for photography. It seems like a lot of the places I was planning on have changed significantly since I have been there.

    1. Are there any available resources online or otherwise?
    2. I know Artie Morris has two site guides for the areas; does anyone have experience with them?
    3. If you had three mornings as described above what sites would you plan on?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Peter
    Knoxville, TN

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    Hey Peter,
    Don't miss Fort Desoto. Your drive From ST. Pete to Sanibel will take you by Venice Rookery. I would suggest a stop Just to see if it's appealing to you even if it's. the wrong time of Day. Be at Ding Darling At 7:00 Am, Hopefully near low tide. Don't be late, I Have seen flocks of 30 or so spoons fly off one by one leaving you with not much to shoot after 7:30. There should Be White Pelicans that may or may not be close. If you don't like what you see you can make it to the lighthouse by 8:15 , Where you should See Osprey, Pelicans and shorebirds.
    I like little Estero Lagoon in morning or Evening. Lots of Traffic though. Holiday Inn has now changed Hands, But park in the strip mall across the street.
    I think you are too early for the Cape Coral Owls. Please let me know if you find any, I am preparing for this myself.
    Robert Kimbrell



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    Fort Desoto would be a definite for me. Robert knows much more than I do about the Ft Myers area. If you have any specific questions about Fort DeSoto, feel free to send me a PM.
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    Hi Peter,

    The Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival is Feb 22, so your timing might be about right. Juveniles usually start appearing at burrows in March, however.

    http://www.capecoralburrowingowls.co...-Festival.html

    email The Owl Lady for a personal tour at a minimal fee: capeowls@gmail.com

    I had tour at the end of March, 2012. It was totally worth it. Beverly knows where all of the owls are. I got some great shots, and learned a lot about the owls.

    Here is a link to an article I wrote about the experience: http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/t...coral-florida/
    My photoblog: juliebrown.aminus3.com

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    My WordPress blog: indybirdphotographer.com


    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”.

    John Muir

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