$300/photographer
$1200/group

Weekends

$250/photographer
$1K/group

weekdays

 1 hour boat ride
spoonbill rookery
this rookery makes up 1/3
of Florida's Spoonbill Population
over 300 mating pairs of spoonbills  have been documented here
4 hours shooting time
drinks & light refreshments
am departures only:
1 hour before scheduled sunrise
other species we have seen on this trip:
white egrets, pelicans, terns, oystercatchers, avocets, black skimmers, great blue herons, reddish egrets, white morphs
& night herons

hillsborough bay esturary

trip II

$200/Photographer
$800/group

weekends

$150/Photographer
$600/group

weekdays

10-15 minute boat ride
2 Mangrove islands
4 hours shooting time
drinks & light refreshments
am departures:
1/2 hour before scheduled sunrise
PM departures:
4 1/2 hours before scheduled sunset
Species Include
a Plethora of Herons Including:
great blue herons, reddish egrets, tri-colored herons, white morphs, white egrets, snowy egrets, roseatte spoonbills, night herons, pelicans & cormorants

pinellas national wildlife refuge

Trip I

tampa bay, florida

Bird Photography tours

Season Passes

10 Trips
both Locations

entitles you to 10 trips
A $200 Savings
8 Trips
Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge
(Trip I)
2 Trips
Hillsborough Bay Estuary
(Trip II)
Must Purchase either A
Weekday or Weekend Pass
Season Runs
January 1st - November 30th
January - May
Nesting & Mating Herons & Fledglings
February - May
Photograph Adult & Fledgling Spoonbills
June - November
Photograph nesting & Mating Frigates & Fledglings
(See them at eye level)

Weekend Season Pass

Weekday Season Pass

$1500
($200 Savings)

$2000
($200 Savings)

Some of the best experiences I have had on the water, have been with Captain Gwen. Every one of our trips have exceeded my expectations!! On almost every trip, I have been able to check bird species off my "first time" list.  

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Karri

If you want a great experience & A guarantee
to see the best wildlife our area has to offer,
then Captain Gwen is your guide.
I swear Gwen is one of the BEST Bird Tour Captains in SW Florida.  She always has her eye out for the best shots and is so willing to share her experience! 
She will take you to some of the best spots & goes out of her way to ensure you're satisfied.  I highly recommend this wonderful tour guide.  Great price, great guide and great outcomes!

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ken

Let me say on the outset, this was one of the most value-packed excursions I have ever taken. We boarded an immaculate, spacious boat, and Captain Gwen took us to nesting rookeries that were easily photographed from offshore. These areas are accessible only by boat. Captain Gwen is an expert boat handler, and we felt safe even when moving around heavy boat traffic. On the way out, we saw a Spotted Eagle Ray and a Hammerhead shark in the clear shallow water.

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cheryl

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Going on a bird tour & seeing a rookery
was something I wanted to do for a long time.
My experience with Gwen was more fun than I hoped.
We visited rookeries with several species actively
nesting and mating.  Gwen maneuvered close enough to get
great shots without disturbing the birds.
She even had a "crows nest" where so we had a view from higher up.
I've been on morning & evening tours with her.
Both were fantastic.
I also photographed the sunrise & sunset out on the water.
I highly recommend Captain Gwen's tours, she is skilled at what she does and has a passion for nature photography so she knows how to help you get the most out of your experience.

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Holly

Going on a bird tour and seeing a rookery was something I wanted to do for a long time. My experienced with Gwen was more fun than I had hoped.
We visited rookeries with several species actively nesting and mating. Gwen maneuvered close enough to get great shots without disturbing the birds.
She even had a "crows nest" where so we had a view from higher up.
I've gone out on morning & evening tours with her. Both were fantastic. Besides wildlife, I also photographed the sunrise & sunset out on the water.
I highly recommend Captain Gwen's tours, she is skilled at what she does and has a passion for nature photography so she knows how to help you get the most out of your experience.

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roxana

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