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Old 17th of July 2012 (Tue)   #16
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Default Re: Visiting Florida Keys, tripod question.

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Have a look at this site for some suggestions on locations, he also has a second visit report on his site.

http://www.billmajoros.com/photoalbu...ows/index.html

I reccomend the Tavernier Wild bird rescue centre for close ups of the Pelicans.

We did the keys & the West coast up to Cape Coral during May & had a great time. I recommend the Everglades & also the "Loop Road" Both of which are an fairly easy drive.

I took my 500mm as I flew with BA. They do not have a weight limit on hand luggage.
Thanks for the information, I'll check out your links.
I'm interested that you took your 500, did you also take a tripod or monopod?

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There is a little tidal swamp just North on US-1 outside of Marathon on Grassy Key, it has been very hit and miss for me, but at the right times I have seen dozens of egrets and herons, ibis, and kingfishers there. Other times it has been totally empty. It should be a very short drive for you, so worth checking on:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=24.759...8&z=17&iwloc=A
(let me know if the link doesn't work right).

Too bad you aren't coming the last week of September, that is the dates of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Festival: http://keysbirdingfest.org/

As mentioned above, if you want a close up view of some captive (or wild but highly human friendly/fed daily) native birds of the Keys, the wild bird center in Tavernier/S. Key Largo is a good stop. They do not charge for entry, but are a charitably operated organization, so please leave a donation.

Also, if you want a close up of some pelicans or egrets, the fish cleaning tables at most marinas with charter boats tend to have a very well tempered bunch of birds who come every day for a free meal.
Thanks Bill, the link works fine. It's a shame to miss the festival but we are stuck with our dates.
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Default Re: Visiting Florida Keys, tripod question.

I'm interested that you took your 500, did you also take a tripod or monopod?


I took my Gitzo tripod & Benro Gimbal - These were packed in our checked in suitcases. My 1Dmk3, 500mm, 100-400, 24-105 , flash etc were in a ThinkTank Airport V2 which I took as carry on - no problems.
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You really should bring your 500mm if your goal is to photograph birds.
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You really should bring your 500mm if your goal is to photograph birds.
I've decided to do this but I'll also probably take my 300 F4L with a 1.4x TC along as well.
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