I will be taking a trip to southern Florida for about five days for Memorial Day weekend. I know at this time of year the light will probably be harsh, but as it will be my first real vacation in almost ten years I cannot complain!
I am looking to photograph all sorts of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, etc with an emphasis on the birds. I have done some research but one big question mark for me is coastal locations. It seems that many of the great spots will also be open to beach-goers (swimmers, sunbathers, etc). On a (relatively, for Florida) cold winter day the beaches might be rather empty people-wise, but what about during the heat of Memorial Day? Are there any good spots for the likes of terns, spoonbills, shorebirds, reddish egrets, etc that won't be overrun with human activity? Is Ding Darling my best bet?
I plan on flying in to Miami on Thursday, May 25 and returning home Tuesday, May 30.