Testimonials - What People Are Saying
"I cannot say enough good things about Florida Bird Photo Adventures. My January workshop with Nick and Dave was absolutely fantastic. They are both excellent teachers. Plus, they are very familiar with local bird habitats and behaviors, so we were able to efficiently find and photograph many different birds. The three days were filled with great opportunities to photograph large birds like Roseate Spoonbills, Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and smaller shorebirds like terns and Sanderlings. I'm looking forward to one of their spring workshops to see the South and Central American birds on their way north."
Linda B., Fort Myers, FL
"We had a wonderful time with Dave Meardon's bird guiding trip. Dave's manner is low pressure and he guided the trip to our needs. He took us to a number of birdy places and told us about others we were able to follow up on. We recommend him highly."
Sherry Leffert, March 2019
"Thank you immensely for the bird photography workshop you arranged for me on Sanibel Island. As a novice photographer, I learned quite a bit thanks to you. My approach to photography that day and forward has changed so much for the better. Your willingness to share your 30-plus years of experience as well as your equipment made for a fabulous day which exceeded my highest expectations. You took me to hidden gems of locations I would never have seen if left to my own planning and research. The invaluable techniques and tips you passed along will continue to make a positive impact in my photography going forward. Maybe now I can consider myself a serious amateur instead of a novice. I am already looking to spending another day with you this fall."
Conrad Peloquin, June 2019
"Having a keen interest in bird photography, but no experience, I contacted Florida Bird Photo Adventures' David Meardon while I was on Sanibel. I needed someone to give me some advice, guidance and direction that would allow me to better understand the use and potential of my Canon 5DII. Dave's expertise and knowledge of both the camera and the area was profoundly beneficial to me. Not only did he know where the best photographic opportunities for birds were, he helped me better understand the use of the controls and screens on my camera. He also aided me with my use of light, composition and framing and how best to capture flight. This enabled me not only to get a better photo, but it also allowed the photo to tell a story. I am looking forward my next trip to Sanibel and spending time with Dave in the field."
Mike Hiza, June 2019
"On a recent trip to Sanibel, Florida I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a photography workshop with Florida Bird Photo Adventures. This was truly a great learning experience. Prior to getting into the field, David spent time with me reviewing my camera and its myriad of settings. As a former educator, I now realize this was David's way of assessing my prior knowledge. He helped me to move away from the program modes to more creative uses of the camera. Besides my cameras technical aspects, he helped me improve my composition of my wildlife shots. He was able to transfer this knowledge when photographing wildlife in the nature preserves of Sanibel Island. Thanks to David and Florida Bird Adventures I believe I am able to produce much better pictures, enhancing my enjoyment of photography."
Robert Sopko, Ed. D.
Retired school superintendent
I had the pleasure of attending a February, 2020 workshop with Nick Leadley and Dave Meardon of Florida Bird Photo Adventures. I went to the workshop with expectation of see ing Roseate Spoonbills and hoping to see a Reddish Egret and Tricolored Heron. I saw those and much, much, more. Nick and Dave were wonderful guides and teachers. I am an experienced bird photographer and still learned a few things to improve my skills. They taught me to identify birds I don’t often get to see. They taught me some background on many birds. I highly recommend Nick and Dave and their Florida workshops.
Earthwatcher – Larry E Klink Photography
You're looking for an experience that will add to your knowledge of birds and bird photography. You also want to be taken to the best places in southwest Florida to see and photograph the incredible bird life there. Stop looking - you've found it.
In my opinion, Nick and Dave have put together an unbeatable package: expert local knowledge (Dave is a 35-year Sanibel resident); expertise as long-time professional photographers specializing in birds and bird behavior; and the best value you will find. These guys had me out for three FULL days - many different sites, helpful advice, image review, then out for more photos.
I came away from the experience with increased knowledge of birds and photography in general. And a couple of thousand images too! I learned more about my own Nikon D500 through their guidance, and I am now more comfortable with some of the tricky exposure situations in photographing birds. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Note - while Nick and Dave go back a long way, Florida Bird Photo Adventures is a new venture for them, so they are not that well known - yet. My advice is simple - book now.
Leigh Wright - Carlisle, Ontario