Choose Your Birding Tour Here! Bird watching in Central Florida is great any time of year...

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc offers guided tours for bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers and everyone in between. The corridor between Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach is fantastic for bird watching and this is exactly where our birding tours take place! Florida is the migratory path for many birds and you will have the ability to get up close and personal with them through our guided bird watching tours. It's like going on a Christmas Bird Count but we get to do it all year long. Bring your binoculars, it's a beautiful sight!

When it comes to bird watching tours near Orlando our lead guide Kenny is an authority on Central Florida's rare and tropical birds. He is an enthusiastic birder with an exceptional eye for finding them. Whether you are a beginner or experienced bird watcher we offer both traditional bird watching tours on land and birding by kayak tours. Our kayaks are well suited for the aquatic preserves we travel and these extremely stable vessels are the perfect platform for a relaxing guided bird watching tour. Come; discover Florida's Birdlife and take home memories that last a lifetime!
The Boardwalk 
This is a traditional land based bird watching tour that is 1.5 hours long and wheelchair accessible. Spend your morning exploring a wetland area to view some of Florida's rare and tropical birds. Visit with the Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, Anhingas and others that thrive in these freshwater marshes.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $32.00

The Uplands 
This bird watching tour is a walk thru the old forests of Florida. It is 2-3 hours of hiking with the indigenous rare Florida Scrub-Jays along with Cardinals, Red-headed Woodpeckers and other birds that frequent the Scrub Oak hammocks, Sand Hills and Longleaf Pine areas. 
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00
Book The Uplands Bird Watching Tour

St. Johns River I or II 
This river is a great place to go bird watching by kayak. A wildlife paradise it was once the byway for commerce in Central Florida. Goods and services were brought to the area via the St Johns by Paddle Wheel boats. Several springs and tributaries join in to create habitats for birds of all kinds. The Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants and many other bird species nest here and call this place home. This is a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00
Book Your 2-3 hour St Johns River Bird Watching Tour

Book the 4-5 hour St Johns Birding Tour

Wekiva River I or II 
This wildlife filled river was at one time home of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and it's a great birding spot. As we kayak this pristine waterway we'll have the chance to see Great Egrets, American Bitterns, Pileated Woodpeckers, Swallow-tailed Kites, Little Blue, Tri-colored & Green Herons as well as many of the other waterfowl that flourish on this wild and scenic river. We are able to do a 2-3 hour or 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00 
Exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs, the headwaters of the Silver River is the second largest spring in Florida and it's loaded with Mother Nature's treasures! Fantastic for birders you’ll have a chance to see many of Florida's wading birds as well as Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons, Anhingas, Cormorants and much more. Home of the world famous Rhesus Macaque Monkeys you'll have a chance to see them too! This is a beautiful 4-5 hour bird watching tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Kayaking Experience Recommended $94.00  
Book Your Silver River Bird Watching Tour 

Winter Manatee Tour I or II 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. This is a great doubleheader! During this exceptional tour you'll explore the back bays of the St Johns River for Birding and have the opportunity to meet the Manatees as well. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00
Book your combo Manatee and Birding Tours

We have packages for ages 5 years and older & all of our birding tours are booked by reservation. 

The illusive American Bittern #BirdingWithKenny

We're celebrating our 10th Anniversary of Bird Watching Tours in Orlando so take 10% off and come join us!

In 2004 after 4 storms hit Florida we were out boating with some friends. The animals had moved around the state trying to dodge the wrath of Hurricanes Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jean. The St Johns River had gotten so high that we were able pole our little boat through the trees. We were thrilled to be back in the swamps - where no boat had gone before except maybe the Indians. All the sudden our friend Wayne says "Look!! There's a Mangrove Cuckoo Bird!! We all laughed thinking he was joking. Then to our surprise, from his backpack Wayne pulls a bird book and proceeds to show us a Mangrove Cuckoo Bird in the book. We looked at his book, looked at the bird and went WOW. We were hooked on bird watching and have been ever since.

In 2007 we formed Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc to be able to show other people the beautiful flora and fauna of Central Florida. Getting outside was good for our soul; we figured it might be good for others that were as curious as we are. Today we're celebrating our 10th Anniversary of doing birding tours around Orlando and we want to say Thanks!! From November 10, 2017 thru December 10, 2017 take 10% off any bird watching tour we offer and come join us! #BirdingWithKenny

These photos were taken on a birding tour Gerry Love took with us last month. Thanks for letting us share your pics Gerry!

The Safest Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar

I always thought the more organic the recipe the safer our Hummingbird nectar would be... I couldn't have been more wrong! 

Q: If Honey and Raw Sugar are organic shouldn't I be using them for my Hummingbird nectar?

A: Absolutely not and here is why

After checking the information from The Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I thought this might be worth sharing. Who knows how many others might be thinking the same as I?

Plain white table sugar is sucrose, which, when mixed with water, very closely mimics the chemical composition of natural nectar. The safest way to make your own Hummingbird nectar is to follow this proven recipe below.

DO NOT use Honey. It can promote dangerous fungal growth inside the feeder.
DO NOT use Organic, Natural or Raw Sugars either. They contain levels of iron that could be harmful to the Hummingbirds.
DO NOT use Red Dye. Red dye is not necessary and the chemicals could be harmful to the birds.

So here you have it:

The Safest Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar: 

• 1/4 cup refined white sugar

• 1 cup boiling water

• Bowl

• Spoon

1. Mix sugar and boiling water until sugar is dissolved.

2. Cool and fill feeder.

3. Hang up your feeder outside and wait for the hummingbirds to come.

Yep, it's as easy as that and we're hoping to attract a few Hummingbirds this year too!

A sampling of the beautiful birds that live in Central Florida's tropical environment... it's time to go play outside!

Breeding Great Egret

Little Blue Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Anhinga

Tri-colored Heron
Little Blue Heron in white phase with a Bad Hair Day!

Florida Scrub Jay

Much better hair day!

#BirdingWithKenny  #PhotosByAmyM #KuropatwaPhotography

What's Your Favorite Bird Watching App?

We've been using Audubon Birds Pro with Nature Share as our birding app. We love being able to browse the bird by shape, family or name, refine our search by their calls, range, photos and sightings and we know this app is growing and improving. Just wondering if there is another app you might recommend we add to our tool kit??

Today's Featured Orlando Birding Hot Spot

Lyonia Preserve is located just North of Orlando in Deltona, FL and now that the weather is cooling off it's our featured Orlando birding hot spot. This is the only place I've ever seen a Scrub-Jay land on someone's head (this is my friend Terry that made a Scrub-Jay friend). These curious, fine, feathered friends are abundant here at Lyonia Preserve. They are indigenous to Florida and thanks to Lyonia Preserve they have 380 acres in the middle of town in which to roam. Keep your eyes open and you will see Gopher Tortoises, lots of different species of Butterflies, Eastern Towhees, Cardinals, Red-shouldered Hawks, Warblers of all sorts, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers and in the winter months look for Cedar Waxwings. Even some of the water birds such as the Herons and Egrets have decided to call Lyonia Preserve home.

There are several different trails to hike and here is a checklist of things to bring:

Bottled Water
Birding Guide
Snacks - it's a relaxing place to hang for a few hours
Sun Glasses, a Hat or both
Camera - you just never know what these guys are up to on any given day
Dress in comfortable, nature colored clothes

The Lyonia Environmental Center is great to visit while you are at the preserve too. There is much to learn about Florida's eco-systems and the exhibits at the environmental center explains all of this in a fun way.

Great for kids of all ages, we hope you enjoy the preserve as much as we do! #BirdingWithKenny

November 6, 2017 Jenny Boyd 
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The 2017 Orlando Birding Season Has Officially Arrived!

The weather is cooling off now and it's birding season in Orlando again Yay! A few weeks ago we noticed some new yet familiar sounds in the air. The Phoebes and Kingfishers are back and singing up a storm. So you know what that means right? Its time to do some bird watching!

What happened to Orlando's Favorite Bird Watching and Wildlife Drive?

Female Anhinga Drying Her Wings
Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive is a favorite for bird watchers visiting Orlando and it took a huge hit during Hurricane Irma. Lake Apopka itself rose a foot within 24 hours then mysteriously dropped a foot. So what happened? As the St Johns River Water Management District partnering with Lake County Water Authority began to research this strange phenomenon they realized the wildlife drive which acts like a levy was breached in two places allowing the lake to flood one of the best bird watching areas in Orlando.

The good news is... Orlando's favorite bird watching and wildlife drive is on the mend! The water is starting to recede and the Red Trail is open! It could be several more weeks before the wildlife drive itself will be ready for bird watching but you can access the hiking trail at the end of County Road 448A in Mt Dora, FL which is a huge step in the right direction for us bird watchers. We are encouraged to see the progress, we know this is Mother Nature's way of giving Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive a rest and we'll keep you posted as we know more. For information regarding other bird watching and wildlife drives that are open contact Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc 352-589-7899 #BirdingWithKenny

October 31, 2017 Jenny Boyd 
Copyright © 2017

Orlando Bird Watching at it's Best

Without a doubt taking a bird watching with Central Florida Nature Adventures was the best part of our Orlando vacation!

Bird watching in Orlando with the best birding guide around, Central Florida Nature Adventures!
Orlando is known for lots of attractions but did you know??? Bird watching near Orlando is epic! There are several places located around the Orlando area to go bird watching. Central Florida has a unique climate that offers a wide variety of tropical bird sightings for backyard birders and experienced birders alike. Today we visited a location just about 1 hour North of Orlando for our birding tour and had banner day #BirdingWithKenny

Boardwalk Bird Watching Tour August 2017

Kenny and Wanda headed out to the boardwalk this morning for a leisurely stroll through the marshlands of Central Florida. Purple Gallinules greeted them and even had their chicks out playing. The Limpkin babies are growing fast with Momma Limpkin showing them the ins and outs of bird life. White Ibis, Anhingas, Great Blue and Tri-colored Herons were out fishing for breakfast. The Red-eared Sliders and Red-bellied Turtles were sunning as usual and they even got to see a few Alligators. It was a nice, cool morning to be out bird watching in Leesburg. See a birding tour in your future? Feel free to check out Central Florida Nature Adventures Birding Tours for more info. #BirdingWithKenny