Easy Street Park - A Day Outing

Photographed on February 2, 2018

While in Florida this past winter I was lucky enough to be staying within walking distance to a little park called Easy Street Park.  The name says it all!  My wife and I would walk our dog there multiple times a day and I quickly learned this park would be a great place for bird photography.  After a while I noticed there was one particular corner where many wading birds would congregate and wade in the shallows picking out small minnows.  There was a great variety of birds and it was surprising to see some of them there were countless people would walk their dogs just 30 feet away. On this morning I arrived at the park before sunrise and stalked down to the shoreline at the popular corner.  I laid down along the edge of the small lake and waited.  It didn't take long before birds were coming right in and I had Snowy and Great Egrets right in my face.  I was able to capture a ton of portraits as well as some great fishing action.  It was a blast and as the sun came up and started shining on the white birds I was also able to make a few really dramatic portraits. A Tricolored Heron stopped in for a quick visit as well.  I had also noticed a resident Pied-billed Grebe on this lake and was hoping I would get a close shot of it as well.  I was able to get a few shots but nothing really close like I'd hoped. It was still nice to see and great when I caught it with a fish as well. I hope you enjoy this set and hopefully it proves you don't always have to travel to exotic locations to get some great bird photography opportunities, especially in Florida!

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.