Weekend Road Trip: Jason Odell Is For The Birds

Jason ODell


I shot these photos in three different locations:

1) St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine FL
2) Venice Rookery, Venice, FL
3) Ft. Desoto State Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a fantastic private zoo that has a large boardwalk over a pond stocked with hundreds of alligators; some over 10 feet long. The birds nest there because of the protection of the alligators from small animals that might otherwise raid their nests.

The Venice Rookery is a small island open year-round in Venice, Florida. A variety of species nest there, including great blue herons and anhingas.

Fort Desoto State Beach is not only a great place to get a tan, but there are numerous shorebirds there, including migrant terns, skimmers, and avocets. My images of the laughing gulls were shot there.

Please enjoy,








wood stork

white ibis

great blue heron

laughing gull

*Jason Odell is the son of author Terry Odell. You can see more of Jason’s work here.

8 replies
  1. Terry
    Terry says:

    SZ, I think bird feeders end up being cat feeders. Without wanting to sound TOO much like the proud mom, the kid’s got some talent. And some dang fancy gear.

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    SZ – These shots are fantastic. I hope Jason sends more. Hint, hint…

    I remember you liking a photo of mine (a street scene) from Salem, Ma. that featured a reflection. So tell us, how long do you stand in front of the mirror each day?

  3. SZ
    SZ says:

    These are great ! I like the water reflection shot of the gallinule. I have 3 hummingbird feeders. The kitties enjoy bird watching as much as me.

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