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Nature photography opportunities at/near Tampa, FL

Arnab Pratim Das , Nov 15, 2004; 01:48 p.m.

I did not go to Dallas as mentioned in a prior post. Instead I came to Tampa, FL a week back. First US visit.. a nice experience being in this great country!

Any insights on places I could go to at/near Tampa for critter photography?

Looking for something nearby if any ... I'm at Arbour Ponds @ Dale Mavry Hwy, ' don't have a car but can take a Cab to places.


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Gary Evans , Nov 15, 2004; 03:58 p.m.

I'd recommend Mons Venus. Any cab driver will know it and it's on Dale Mabry. ;^)

Douglas Stemke , Nov 15, 2004; 05:38 p.m.

It maybe the most over-recommended place in Florida, but go down to Sanibel Island and the Wildlife refuge there. You will have spectacular bird photography on the island. I haven't been there since it was hit this fall by the hurricane, but I'm sure the wildlife is still pretty abundant.

George Rhodes , Nov 15, 2004; 06:16 p.m.


Everyone who ever lived in Tampa, as I once did, knows about Mons Venus. I'm not sure if that's the kind of wildlife Arnab is referring to, but it certainly did get a chuckle out of me and it certainly is located on Dale Mabry. Yes, it is a great country.

Edward Ingold , Nov 15, 2004; 06:40 p.m.

The Myakka State Park is about 30 miles south of Tampa, near Saratoga. There are miles of roads and trails, and many wading birds and alligators.

Douglas Greenberg , Nov 15, 2004; 07:37 p.m.

I'll second the suggestion of Myakka State Park. Great place! You can get good photos of Limpkins (unusual wading bird) there.

Jerry Litynski , Nov 15, 2004; 08:00 p.m.

Check the State of Florida web site, and see what state parks and preserves are near Tampa. The University of South Florida may have a garden, and the tourist trap of Busch Gardens used to be OK.

Just be glad you aren't there in July - Auguest to share in the lightning storms that are 'local' delights!

George Rhodes , Nov 16, 2004; 01:16 a.m.

As others here have already done, I also recommend Myakka River State Park, south of Tampa, in Sarasota. There you'll find wading birds, alligators and deer. Areas of Tampa Bay, often by large bridges where fishermen are usually present, are very good for sea birds, such as Brown Pelicans, various seagulls, Cormorants, Anhingas, Royal Terns and various wading birds, etc. Tha Sunshine Skyway Bridge, in nearby St. Patersburg, is great for such birds. The old Skyway Bridge remains standing next to the new one and currently serves as a huge fishing pier.

David A. Wong , Nov 16, 2004; 02:07 p.m.


LOLOLOLOL. Got a good chuckle out of me too. Just what kind of wildlife do YOU shoot?!?!


Dan Fromm , Nov 16, 2004; 06:08 p.m.

Don't take a cab. Rent a car.

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