Robert Hinkle , Feb 18, 2007; 10:53 p.m.
While I realize that it's across the state, Merritt Island on the east coast near Titusville is one of the premier bird photography locations in Florida. Check out the web site for the "Space Coast Birding Festival" for local specialties and details. Many of the access roads out near the spaceflight center allow very close approach to rather fearless (usually) waterbirds. Also check locally for manatees, as there is a fresh water inlet nearby that hosts over 100 of them when the weather becomes a little chilly. One of my friends has a condo down there and just came back last week... fabulous photos! If you're heading south towards the everglades, remember that much of it is still heavily damaged from hurricanes. The town of Flamingo, at the end of the road through the park, is still largely shut down. Eco Pond, one of the best birding spots in the everglades area, is filled with Gulf mud and has been destroyed. Not sure about Corkscrew Swamp. Anhinga Trail in the glades was another good photo spot, check with the National Park web sites for recent information. Sanibel was also heavily damaged.. I don't know what the current conditions are. Good luck down there... we're not enjoying the snow and cold here in Cleveland either! Cheers... Bob