Drive South from Tampa on Rt. 275 that becomes Rt. 75 South. Exit Jacaranda Rd. west. Proceed to Rt. 41 Right at the light then turn left just past the State Police Station. The Rookery will be on your right.
This image was made at the Venice Rookery, Venice Florida. This Rookery has been a world class photo destination for years. Your subjects include Snowy and Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Anhinga's and Black crowned Night Herons and some Gators. If tight Nature portraits are your goal you should bring a sturdy tripod mounted 5-600 mm lens using a Manuel release. For flight shots I use a Canon 7D 11 attached to a Canon 1-400 f 4.5-5.6 IS lens. Late Dec. through May should be your best shooting. It's best to arrive at Sunrise then the light should be good until about 10:30 AM. My tools for this image were a Canon 500 mm f4 IS ;lens and a Canon 7D 11 f4.5-5.6 lens. The settings were 400 ISO, f 8 for depth of field and 1250 of a second to stop the action.