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There is no better place for bird watching than Kissimmee and the Central Florida area.  Several factors go into making this destination the bird watchers paradise.  For one, Central Florida's climate offers an endless assortment of bird species at any of the nine state-recognized Great Florida Birding Trail sites.  The natural preserves and wildlife refuges that surround Kissimmee lend home to tropical, exotic and rare and endangered birds.   Kissimmee is home to the largest population of nesting Bald Eagles and was selected as a re-entry location for the nearly extinct Whooping Crane.  Keep your eyes peeled for the rare "Osceola" Wild Turkey. The picturesque natural areas of Kissimmee and Osceola County are also home to ibis, hawks, falcons, quail, and herons of practically every color. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the rarest birds in North America on your trip, including the Florida Scrub Jay, Snail Kite, Crested Caracara and Limpkin.

When you set out on your bird watching vacation there are two things you must have on hand: a pair of binoculars and a field guide to learn how species are grouped.  Some other helpful things to keep in mind: The best times to spot wild birds are either early in the morning or early evening, natural areas near lakes and streams are great locations to watch birds, the best birding months are from November to May and keep your ears open because you will usually hear a bird before you see it. 

Check out our Kissimmee birding photo gallery on Flickr.

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