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Everglades Birding - Private Tours

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Miami, FL, USA
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About Everglades Birding - Private Tours
At Everglades Birding,Capt. Dave Hunt, a certified Florida Master Naturalist, will take you on a unique journey where you'll see a wide array of birds living and feeding in their natural coastal habitat within Everglades National Park which is one of the top 10 birding locations in the World, according to many sources.
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John H wrote a review Feb 2020
Roswell, Georgia36 contributions6 helpful votes
My wife and I are beginning birdwatchers. To start our week-long FL birding trip we hired Capt. Dave Hunt for a private morning boating tour from Flamingo in ENP. Since we are from out of state we wanted to see as many new species as possible and this seemed the best way to accomplish that goal. Capt Dave has been doing these tours for a number of years, and we found him to be very personable, knowledgeable, and very capable as a boater. We went to a number of different spots where numerous birds were feeding, and generally hanging about. Many of them were species which one would seldom, if ever, see from a normal Everglades viewing spot, or walkway. Capt Daves boat is a specially designed skiff which is capable of getting to those low water level spots in the Everglades which other types of boats can’t reach. As a result, we were able to get to some mud flat areas where lots of different birds like to feed. (We actually passed a number of boats that had grounded and were waiting for the tide to rise so they could get underway again.) As an added bonus, we were able to see at least half a dozen fully grown crocodiles, as well as some baby ones. We actually were able to get quite close to them! All in all, we felt that our trip was very rewarding, adventurous, and truly enjoyable. We would definitely do this tour again if we were in the area.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Cindy r, Dave's wife :) at Everglades Birding - Private Tours
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Dave really enjoyed spending the morning with you both and your enthusiasm for all that you saw. Thank you for this wonderful review and enjoy the rest of your Florida adventure.
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Safari748389 wrote a review Mar 2019
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Only everything was perfect. Dave was interesting and very knowledgeable. He knew everything about the birds and also about The Everglades history and what is going on in the present. We lucked upon a beautiful day. Dave, himself, was kind and thoughtful. Nothing was a problem and very accommodating. I can’t say enough nice things.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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John D wrote a review Feb 2019
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I've lived in South Florida for close to 50 years, but never got to this remote southern edge of Everglades National Park until invited along on a Capt. Dave expedition by a former colleague, now a lawyer living in Maryland who has become serious about photographing birds. We met Capt. Dave Hunt at the Coe's Visitors Center near Homestead at 6:15, then drove almost 40 miles to the Flamingo boat launch site. We spent most of the day on the edges of Florida Bay. We saw tons of migratory birds on the low-tide mud flats. Most amazing to me was a flock of white pelicans (from upper northwest) also a long-billed curlew, which summers in the west, a yellow-crowned night heron, a prairie warbler and many others. Capt. Dave has been doing this for years, and is an encyclopedia about birds, the history of the park and the general ecology of the area. It's a tough business. Nature being nature, it's not like you're on a controlled Disney ride where everything is programmed to be in place. In the waters near the Everglades, sometimes a place was swarming with species, another place that was generally fruitful bird-watching area was empty, maybe because of the tide or the temperature. Dave kept adjusting, going to Plan B, then Plan C. And we saw a lot. This is a part of Florida that can only be seen by boat. (His skiff draws less than a foot of water.) It was a great experience.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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GorospeL wrote a review Dec 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado72 contributions3 helpful votes
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My wife and I were planning on taking a cruise out of Miami in early December. My wife, an avid birder, and I had never been to the Everglades. As part of the trip, I thought it would be different to get a guide to find my wife some life birds. I found Captain Dave through some internet searches and some great reviews here on Trip Advisor. After a few email exchanges, we planned a date for our trip. Dave gave us recommendations on where to stay in Florida City (the Travel Lodge was pretty nice). We then met him at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center right before sunrise. Dave gave us some information about the park and we discussed what birds we were looking to find. After finding out my wife is a biologist, Dave gave us some real interesting facts about the Everglades, its ecology, history, and wildlife. We drove to the Flamingo Marina. On the way, we stopped to do some birding and see some of the unique flora. Once at the marina, Dave put the boat in the water and off we went. The date we chose corresponded to low tide. Once in the bay, we found out that the tide was extremely low...with our prop hitting the bottom on our way out. We spent several hours birding the coast and up into Lake Ingraham. We saw over 50 species of birds, with my wife grabbing 7 life birds. Definitely a record for her for a single day. Dave was extremely knowledgeable about the waterways and where to find the birds. We also were able to see some crocodiles, raccoons, sharks, and manatees. Dave always tried to make sure we were having a great time (even for us non-birders), getting me some great pictures, showing us some spectacular scenery, and telling us stories about the history of some of the early residents. Thank you Dave for a unique and spectacular experience.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Kent F. wrote a review Dec 2018
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We just went on an Everglades NP birding boat trip with Dave Hunt and we highly recommend this trip for anyone interested in seeing the real Everglades, areas that tourists cannot get to, even on the normal park tour boats - and because of that, A LOT more excellent birds and wildlife can be seen! Dave knows the Everglades better than just about anyone after so many years there, not only did he help us find and photograph incredible birds we were hoping to see (you can get a lot closer to them in his small maneuverable boat), but he also educated us about the history of the area, wildlife, and the multiple unique habitats that we explored along the way. His primary focus is getting you to where you can see the things you want to see. Also, if you're fortunate like us, between stops you'll hear amazing stories about some of the real colorful characters that have become legends through the years in that wild wilderness, including Dave himself (though he wouldn't admit it - we declare it!) This was a once in a lifetime trip we'll always remember thanks to Dave.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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