Hello, My name is Mark Smith and I am addicted to capturing incredible moments with my camera. I love taking pictures of just about anything but capturing stunning images of birds has always been a passion of mine.
I am a Florida native, born and raised. The time I have spent traversing this odd shaped state has given me an “insider’s” look into the wonderful world of birds that call this very unique ecosystem home. From the “regulars” who have taken up permanent residence to the migrating flocks that grace the state for a few short months at a time, I have been extremely fortunate to spend a lot of time with a wide variety of incredible birds.
During my many hours of watching silently through the view finder of my camera I have witnessed countless incredible and extremely memorable events. From the birth of a single Sandhill Crane chick to the death of a largemouth bass as it is impaled on the lower jaw of a Great Blue Heron.
Surrounding myself with birds and becoming part of the natural world has taught me an immeasurable amount of respect for all creatures that call our planet home. My time with the birds has also taught me that birds don’t get enough credit.
They are highly intelligent animals that do everything within their power to grow, survive, procreate and seemingly cheat death on a daily basis. Birds are the very definition of the word life. Organisms with the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
Can you tell I enjoy spending time with birds?
I started Floridabirdtours.com for a very simple reason: to share my passion for finding and photographing Florida’s amazing birds with people from all over the world. Florida’s unique habitat provides a practically endless supply of birds year round. Many of which can’t be found anywhere else on our planet. That is pretty incredible if you ask me.
If you want firsthand knowledge on where to locate some very incredible birds, I’m your man. I’m also extremely adept in all things photography. Because of this, I offer two types of services. Head over to the experiences page and see which type of experience makes more sense for you!
Regardless of which experience you choose, I can guarantee you will have a great time. In the meantime, I’m off to chase more birds!