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Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Why a Wonder: Approximately 200 species of birds have been seen and photographed at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Most common are roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, cormorants, anhingas, wood storks and snowy egrets.

Where: Delray Beach, Florida.

When: You’ll see the greatest numbers of birds in February through April – as these months brings many nesting visitors. The park is open 6 AM to 6 PM and is free to the public.

Photography: A ¾-mile boardwalk running through the 50-acre wetlands offers easy viewing and photographing of the wildlife, which also includes alligators, iguanas and turtles. Go early in the morning and late in the afternoon and photograph with the sun at your back – unless you want a silhouette.

The birds can be close, so it’s best to bring a medium wide-angle lens in addition to a long telephoto zoom lens. Tripods and monopods are allowed, but you may want to boost your ISO and hand-hold your shots.

When photographing birds at “Wako,” as locals call it, follow this basic bird photography tip: strive for wings up or wings down shots.

Learn More: Check out this short “On the Road with Rick” video. Also visit the website for the Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

© Rick Sammon

This post sponsored by Benro.

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