We have spots for 2 photographers still open for this great tour. You can combine this tour with our Galapagos Photo Tour which is from January 19-29.
Summary: This photo tour visits my favorite bird photography areas in Ecuador. They include Mindo, where many species are easily photographed coming into feeders and we take a trip to photograph Antpittas and Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Guango lodge for Sword-billed Hummingbird and great multi-flash photography, Bellavista Lodge in the Tandaypa Valley for Plate-billed Mountain Toucans and other cloud forest specialties and a new lodge near Quito for Giant Hummingbird, Black-tailed Trainbearer and others. We will be doing multi-flash photography which makes for stunning hummingbird images at both Guango and Mindo.
About Ecuador - Ecuador is one of the richest countries in the world for birds and bird photography. Over 1,550 species of birds have been recorded in Ecuador, the fourth highest total of any country in the world. It has many excellent lodges, good roads, a stable government and is reachable from most of North America in 8 hours travel or less.
Tour leader - Your tour leader Nate Chappell has a lot of experience leading bird photography tours in Ecuador. He has spent an average of 2 months a year there leading tours, photographing and scouting locations over the past 7 years. Nate's multi-flash images have appeared regularly in the NANPA Showcase the past few years. Angie Chappell, who grew up in Ecuador helps to organize the tour.
What to expect: Many of the birds will be close up. For example with the hummingbird photography I usually use my 300mm lens rather than my 500mm and intermediate to long zoom lenses are ideal for this type of photography (think 70-200 with 1.4 teleconverter, 70-300, 100-400 etc). At the other locations and for the other birds a minimum of 300mm is recommended, although 500mm or more is better for the non hummingbirds. As far as the multi-flash setup is concerned you can use your own camera with an external flash which will fire all of my slave flashes automatically. This makes it easy for participants to get lots of excellent hummingbird shots. Everyone will get at least 10 2 hour sessions with the multi-flash, this is much more than most photography tours offer. The weather can vary from sunny to rainy but with the multi-flash hummingbird photography we are often shooting from under covered porches. Nate will give presentations on using flash for bird photography and photographing birds in the wild. The tour is focused on bird photography, but we will be on the lookout for other wildlife, for instance if the Spectacled Bears are showing we will take a day trip to photograph them. At Bellavista Lodge the newly discovered mammal species Olingito can be photographed some evenings as it comes to a fruit feeder.
Maximum Participants: 10 total, including a maximum of 6 photographers.
Spectacular species we should be able to photograph include:
Long-tailed and Violet-tailed Sylphs
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager
Antpittas (up to 4 species)
Pale-mandibled Aracari (toucan)
and many more species of beautiful tanagers,hummingbirds and other species
Cost: Photographer $4,300 includes all lodging, meals, transportation within Ecuador, guiding, instruction, $200 single supplement. It does not include airfare to and from Quito, Ecuador or personal expenses such as tips or drinks. Nonphotographer spouse or companion $3,800. To reserve your spot a deposit of $700 is required. The balance is due 90 days prior to the tour.
To see more information see Ecuador. To see images of Nate's from these areas see gallery