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Wood Stork Rookery

We have a local wood stork rookery in Port Richey that's a great place to get lots of up close photos of wood storks, egrets, herons and possibly a few other species of birds.

You don't need a monster lens for this rookery but as always, bring your longest lens if you want to get some great up close shots. Like the saying goes....if you don't bring your longest lens, you may come up short.....lol

There is a chain link fence around the nesting area and while it is pulled back in some places for clear shooting, I always bring a small step ladder or stool to stand on so I can just shoot over the top of the fence.

I drove past there yesterday and there are plenty of birds on the nests and you'll be able to get some great in flight shots as they're constantly flying in with more nesting materials.


Meeting place - The rookery is located directly behind the Books a Million book store. When you enter the Embassy shopping center, drive directly towards the Sports Authority and the Books a Million stores. Between the 2 stores there's a road called Shoppers Way Ln. Drive down this lane about 200 feet and park directly behind the Sports Authority. You'll see the chain link fence on the other side of the road and of course the rest of our group.

The evening is the best time to photograph this rookery because of the position of the sun, the birds will be front lit nicely.

Afterwards if anyone wants to grab a bite to eat or a drink, the group can decide on where they'd like to go as there are many restaurants in the area.


I'll be posting this event a few times over the next few months so we can get shots of the chicks as they grow.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I had to miss it. Great shots everyone.

    April 14, 2014

  • Don S.

    This was a terrific meetup with a lot of members showing up. Even my son, who is not yet a member had a good time. My son and I left for an early dinner then returned shortly before 6p for a few final shots with the lighting a little better.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Mike R

    It was great meeting so many members....next time I'll post this event later in the day so it's not as hot and sunny.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe some clippers too to take out small branches :-)

    April 2, 2014

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  • Mike R +1
    Member, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Don S. +1
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