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Brian Piccolo Park

Brian Piccolo Park is a an athletic park outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is known to wildlife photographers for the Burrowing Owls that nest in the grassy fields. The nests are blocked off for protection, and the birds are pretty tame. You can settle down with a camera at owl-eye level and photograph all sorts of fun behaviors with these comical owls. Nesting season is typically during the months of May and June.

Photography advice: Long lenses and intermediate telephotos are both good here. Don't leave your cameras or your laptop in the car.

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More Burrowing Owls from Brian Piccolo Park

More Burrowing Owls from Brian Piccolo Park - June 2013

It's time for round two on Burrowing Owls from Brian Piccolo Park! My last adventure was an evening shoot at a great nest with six babies.  I went back to the same burrow the next morning.  The owlets were nowhere near as active.  I set up my Beast on my tripod and lowered it as much as possible to get some portraits.  Getting low threw the entire area of grass …Read More


Flight Lessons for the Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park

Flight Lessons for the Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park - June 2013

I had two photo ops with the Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park on my recent trip to South Florida. One was an afternoon shoot, and the other was the next morning. You might ask why I drive over four hours to see a couple of owls. Well, maybe this will answer the question… There are some really photographable nests at Brian Piccolo Park! The park ropes off the nests …Read More


Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park

Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park - June 2012

I made it to Brian Piccolo Park this year after all!  When Rich and I went to West Palm Beach to visit the turtles, we planned to also visit Butterfly World.  I've been wanting to visit the free-flight hummingbirds there ever since I saw Jamie's incredible photo of the butterfly landing on a hummer's head.  Unfortunately, the rain started to pour just as we reached the exit for Butterfly World.  …Read More