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Where to go for Birding(Photography as the goal) and Relaxation!!

 
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Jun 05, 2010 14:27 |  #1

Well it has been one Hell of a year around our home!!! I want go into everything that my family has dealt with in the last year but I will say my "re-discovery" of my love for photography and discovery of digital has been one thing that has helped keep me sane.

My wife and I have got to get away for a week or so here in the next few weeks, we had originally intended to go to Sanibel Island but do not at this point want to go anywhere near another tragedy!!(This Oil disaster makes me sick to my stomach, and I feel for my friends and everyone, in the Gulf Region, I will be back there soon just need an escape right now)

I thought about going to Boundry Waters Canoe area, South Carolina Coast or maybe Acadia in Maine. We are really open to suggestions and would like some suggestions on where we might go to relax, but still be a great place for me to get out in the mornings and evenings with my Bigmos in towe!! Waterfowl, Raptors and Warblers are my favorite targets!!

Please post your suggestions or PM me or even e-mail at ucklabdad@yahoo.com (external link).


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Jun 05, 2010 21:43 |  #2

Take a look at Malhuer National Wildlife refuge if you really want to get away. Southeastern Oregon's high desert is spectacular. Extinct volcano's, marshes, Steens Mtn., world class trout rivers, incredible views in Crater Lake Nat'l Park.

A great place to wander with a camera whether long and fast or wide and slow.


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Jun 05, 2010 21:44 |  #3

If you're considering SC, my wife and I like the Lake Marion area. We pull our RV down to the state park there, but there are hotels in Santee. Close by is Santee NWR and within an hour are Beidler Forest and Congaree National Park. If you can find a local to take you out on the lake and swamp areas, there is abundant wildlife there. Many other interesting places nearby also.


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Jun 06, 2010 08:39 |  #4

How about Alaska or the Canadian Rockies.


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Jun 06, 2010 09:02 |  #5

How about closer to home? TN's Reelfoot Lake, KY/TN's Land Between the Lakes (Over 100,000 acres), and all the Wildlife Refuges in Western KY/NW Tennessee... big lakes, little lakes, oxbow lakes, and more wildlife than you can shake a snake at.

Edit: A little late in the season, but Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in SE Missouri is another very good spot, and is a major flyway.


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Jun 06, 2010 19:56 |  #6

So far, there's no oil damage at Sanibel or anywhere in SW Florida. (We're keeping our fingers crossed that a hurricane doesn't blow this horror our way.) Depends on when you're planning to go on vacation.


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Jun 08, 2010 21:48 |  #7

BradM wrote in post #10309803 (external link)
Take a look at Malhuer National Wildlife refuge if you really want to get away. Southeastern Oregon's high desert is spectacular. Extinct volcano's, marshes, Steens Mtn., world class trout rivers, incredible views in Crater Lake Nat'l Park.

A great place to wander with a camera whether long and fast or wide and slow.

Thanks,Brad I have never been to the Northwest and thought about it but probably want have enough time this go-around to make it worth while.

davebmck wrote in post #10309804 (external link)
If you're considering SC, my wife and I like the Lake Marion area. We pull our RV down to the state park there, but there are hotels in Santee. Close by is Santee NWR and within an hour are Beidler Forest and Congaree National Park. If you can find a local to take you out on the lake and swamp areas, there is abundant wildlife there. Many other interesting places nearby also.

Thank you will keep that in mind.

Jim Neiger wrote in post #10311453 (external link)
How about Alaska or the Canadian Rockies.

Really want to visit the Northwest and or Alaska, but again probably a little far this time for the amount of time I will have.

GTriever wrote in post #10311535 (external link)
How about closer to home? TN's Reelfoot Lake, KY/TN's Land Between the Lakes (Over 100,000 acres), and all the Wildlife Refuges in Western KY/NW Tennessee... big lakes, little lakes, oxbow lakes, and more wildlife than you can shake a snake at. .

I grew up on the Tennessee River and have duck hunted all over the areas that you mention, they are kinda my stomping ground and I visit them with regularity. Thanks but this trip want to go somewhere I have never been!!

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So far, there's no oil damage at Sanibel or anywhere in SW Florida. (We're keeping our fingers crossed that a hurricane doesn't blow this horror our way.) Depends on when you're planning to go on vacation.

Thanks much, I was aware of that but right now just couldn,t bear to be in the gulf region, am going to have to go somewhere else this time!!

Thanks to all for the great suggestions so-far. Do not know for sure when I am going or where yet, but will be within next few weeks, and still looking for some additional ideas!!


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Jun 09, 2010 18:01 |  #8

We have a nice wetland near my house, but I'm trying not to let too many people know about it. There is a nice Holiday Inn nearby too.




  
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Jun 13, 2010 17:42 |  #9

How about the Blue Ridge Pkwy, all the way from its start in Carolina thru Virginia? I've gotten some really nice hawk, eagle, kestrel as well as dozens of other species! Not to mention that its still not too hot yet, but here in SW Florida it's already up to 100deg and just getting hotter.


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Jun 19, 2010 11:34 |  #10

http://www.rockport-fulton.org/index.php/b​irding.html (external link)

if you don't mind going to the south end of texas . . .




  
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Jun 22, 2010 07:33 |  #11

My favorite location because I can always count on finding birds to photograph and sometime very good ones is the Laguna De Sonso Reserva. It´s a vast marsh habitat that lies along the Cauca river and can be wet or dry depending on rains and the time of year (but always has birds). It´s located an hours drive north of the city of Cali in Valle De Cauca department, Colombia. Maybe a little out of the way but just a three hour flight from Miami.




  
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Jun 29, 2010 22:29 |  #12

So, ducklabdad, where did you decide to go?


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Jul 10, 2010 21:43 |  #13

Tom Reichner wrote in post #10451200 (external link)
So, ducklabdad, where did you decide to go?

Regretfully, Life (and the death of my father) has kept me from taking a trip right now. Will have to put it on hold, but will "escape" as soon as I can.

For now just have to keep pushing my morning, lunch and evening outings to my local spots!!

thanks again to those that responded!!


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Jul 11, 2010 13:18 as a reply to  @ ducklabdad's post |  #14

Sorry to hear about your dad. Hoping you can get away soon.




  
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Jul 19, 2010 06:21 |  #15

Come to Florida! South Florida during birding season (September through May) is fabulous!

EDIT: I didn't see the bit about your father. I am so sorry for your loss.




  
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