Photograph the Little Known Shady Hollow Road Rookery


Thousands of people visit Corkscrew Swamp in south west Florida to spot and photograph birds. What many people don’t know is that they are driving by an active bird rookery on their way to Corkscrew Swamp.

Wood Stork

Shady Hollow Road intersects Immokalee Road just four miles from the turn to Corkscrew Swamp.  The Shady Hollow Rookery is right on the way back to the Interstate 75 as you are leaving Corkscrew Swamp. 

The GPS Coordinates for the rookery are 26.311953, -81.633506.  But, the rookery is easy to find. Just take a right turn onto Shady Hollow Blvd off of Immokalee Rd and follow the road until it turns into a dirt road.  The rookery will be on the right hand side.

Sleepy Hollow Rookery has a small pond right near the parking lot that is just loaded with birds.  In a short period of time, I viewed and photographed little blue herons, ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets, cormorants, black vultures, wood stocks, and a red-shouldered hawk.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

The rookery is a great place to photograph birds fishing and to capture their reflections in the still waters of the pond.

Also keep you camera handy while driving along the road to and from the Shady Hollow Rookery.  I photographed Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Ibis, and a Loggerhead Shrike while driving to and from the rookery.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Next time you visit corkscrew swamp, plan a little extra time and visit the Shady Hollow Rookery on your way home.