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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. 


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The illusive American Bittern #BirdingWithKenny

The Best Birding Tours Near Orlando

Birding Tours Near Orlando
Birding tours near Orlando come in all shapes and sizes. You can take a hike in the Ocala National Forest to see Florida Scrub-Jays, Eastern Towhees and Red-headed Woodpeckers. Go to Black Point Wildlife Drive to see Reddish Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills. In the Winter months there are plenty of ducks and you might see Common Loons.

But if you want the best birding tours near Orlando go bird watching by kayak. Orlando is close to several slow moving rivers that are home to an abundance of birds. Many live off of what the river brings. Herons, Egrets, Anhingas and Ospreys eat fish. Ibis, Moorhens, Limpkins and Purple Gallinules eat snails and their relatives.

The birding tours near Orlando offered by Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc are rated #1. The goal is to make sure you check as many birds off your life list as possible and leave with a smile on your face!

December 13, 2017 Jenny Boyd
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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 show other people the beautiful flora and fauna of Central Florida. We wanted to take people on bird watching tours. Getting outside was good for our soul; we figured it might be good for others that were as curious as we are. This month we're celebrating our 10th Anniversary of bird watching tours in Orlando and we want to say Thanks!! Let us know you saw this rate on our blog... 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!

On Today's Orlando Birding Tour: First siting of the Wood Storks home coming!!

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We've been waiting to see if the Wood Storks will return to their old haunt to nest. On this morning's Orlando birding tour we saw 5 of them near the St Johns River... and for our community of Birders that is Great News! #BirdingWithKenny

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

St. Johns River Water Management District has decided to close all of the trails including the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive until further notice. The concern is public safety until they can fix the levies that were breached during Hurricane Irma. We'll keep you posted!

Is Orlando a good place for a birding tour? Ohhh Yeah!!

Orlando sits just North of the Kissimmee Prairie and just South of the Ocala National Forest. Both areas are vast lands that create great habitats for the rare birds that live in Central Florida. So Orlando is a great place for a birding tour! Orlando also happens to be in the migratory path for several species that move South in the Winter. So what rare birds can you see on an Orlando Birding tour?

Limpkins are indigenous to the South, an indicator species that the habitat is healthy and the populations near Orlando are numerous.
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Snowy Egrets are here year round and their rookeries can be found in the Spring time near any large body of water.
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Anhingas are rare birds that are also indigenous to the South and this female is perched,
drying her wings.
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Belted Kingfishers migrate here for the Winter and their "rattles" mean that Fall is right around the corner. 
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Today we spent our time on an Orlando Birding tour with well-known Orlando Bird Watching Guide Kenny Boyd and it didn't take long before we saw all of the above. 



November 25, 2017 Jenny Boyd
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Orlando Wetlands Park is the Featured Orlando Birding Hot Spot



If you're planning a visit to Orlando and looking for a place to do some bird watching may we introduce you to a very unique place called the Orlando Wetlands Park? The Orlando Wetlands Park has a great theme; use nature to filter the reclaimed water from local cities and safely discharged the clean water into the St Johns River. Normally they take in about 16 million gallons of water per day from cities in the Western suburbs of Orlando, filter it through several ponds and wetland areas and then discharge approximately the same amount into the river.

These ponds have created an excellent environment for the wildlife and if you are into birding it's definitely an Orlando Birding Hot Spot. Some of the birds we saw were Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets, Moorhens, Pied-billed Grebes and Purple Gallinules. We found White Ibis as well as Glossy Ibis and the list goes on. Our birding adventure at the Orlando Wetlands Park was complimented by a tram ride they provide. For a bird watching near Orlando it has all the features a birder would need for a self-guided tour. The driver of the tram was excellent at spotting birds too and we were impressed with her birding expertise. That's why todays featured Orlando Birding Hot Spot is the Wetlands Park.  #BirdingWithKenny


November 21, 2017 Jenny Boyd 
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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 visit.

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!
Limpkin

Florida Scrub Jay

Much better hair day!

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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??