Here’s where to go this spring and summer o get the best bird shots:
-Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg, FL: Catch Laughing Gulls, Royal and Sandwich Terns, and Reddish Egrets in breeding plumage, in the spring with a medium telephoto lens.
-Lake Martin, LA: Bring a long lens and an extender to get a colony of Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Night-heron, Barred owls, not to mention alligators and other animals.
-Nome, AK: Plan to stay up late this summer, you can catch Gyrfalcon, Common Ravens, Ptarmigan, Lapland Longspur, Arctic Terns, and Red-Throated Loons well past midnight.
Adapted from The Art of Bird Photography II by Arthur Morris (Self-published PDF on CD-ROM, 2007 www.birdsasart.com, $42).