Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photographing Birds in Florida: Blue Heron Water Reclamation Center

The Blue Heron Water Reclamation Facility is located just outside Titusville along state route 50.

It is a water retention facilty where storm water runoff is confined into six settling ponds. Around the edge of the ponds is an elevated berm with a one-way road where photographers can photograph birds that are in those ponds.

The entrance to the site is located about 1/4 mile west of Interstate 95 on Route 50. As you travel west toward Orlando, you will see a sign for a golfing resort on your left. You will need to turn left there (make a U-turn) and head back toward Titusville. About one block after the U-turn the
entrance road will be on your right.

As you enter the facility there is an entrance gate. Pass through the gate and park in front of the first building on your left. You will need to sign in. They welcome visitors from 7:00-3:30 Monday - Friday (weekends will require a phone call to make a reservation). You sign in as you enter and must sign out when you leave.

By the sign-up sheet is a photo book of photos taken by visitors to the site; I'm proud that in that book is an image of a Great Blue Heron with a huge frog in its mouth that I took there during one of my early visits (see images at the bottom of this page).

From the administration building you drive on toward the berm (well-marked). Once on the berm just drive around the ponds (approximately two miles) and the birds will on your driver's side.
As is usual, the numbers and types of birds present where vary by time of year, time of day, etc.

Some trips are very productive and others not so much. I sometimes visit in early morning and return later in the day for a second time. Overall this is site you should visit when you are in the Titusville area.

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