Galapagos with Suzi Eszterhas and Tui De Roy

Travel by luxurious ship from island to island, wandering among animals that have no fear of people. We’ll photograph albatross, penguins, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and more. Snorkel in emerald waters with playful sea lions, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored tropical fish.

While most tours offer only one-week at sea, this tour offers a full two weeks. Suzi has teamed up with legendary Galapagos photographer and expert, Tui De Roy to offer a unique experience that will put us on shore with wildlife at first and last light, when most other tour groups are noticeably absent.

We have chosen the coolest time of year in Galapagos, when the seas are most productive and many species are nurturing cute babies.

British Columbia Loons by Boat with Greg Downing

Create adorable portraits of common loons interacting with their chicks at our unique bird photography workshop on the lake in British Columbia, Canada.

In an intimate, small group setting with only 8 participants, you will learn the techniques Greg and Alan use to capture captivating images of these birds as they go about courtship, feeding, nesting, and brooding their chicks. Equipped with boats specially set up for bird photography, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph loons and their chicks at close range along with many other bird species that nest in the area.

Ecuador Birds with Charles Gangas

On this exciting Ecuador Bird Photography Tour you will do multi-flash hummingbird photography which produces stunning images of hummingbirds in flight at Guango Lodge, Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Sachatamia Lodge. We will also photograph a lot of other great birds including Cock-of-the-Rock, several species of Antpitta, numerous beautiful tanagers which come in to fruit feeders and many others. We visit the Antisana Volcano where we have a chance for rare species such as Andean Condor and Spectacled Bear. You will have 2 excellent leaders, Charles Gangas and Guilherme Battistuzzo. Trogon Photo Tours has a great deal of experience leading tours in Ecuador and helping our participants produce award-winning multi-flash images.

Ecuadorian Amazon with Charles Gangas

This is a 5 day pre tour for our main Ecuador Bird Photography Tour. On this 5 day tour you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to Coca, Ecuador and then board a boat for a 4 hour trip down one of the main tributaries of the Amazon, the Napo River to award winning Sani Lodge. At Sani Lodge you will have 5 days and 4 nights of bird and wildlife photography from canoes, canopy towers and at parrot clay licks. You will be led by 2 excellent photographers and birders, Charles Gangas and Guilherme Battistuzzo. There will be options to photograph the indigenous people and do night walks for macro photography. Some of the spectacular birds you should photograph include the prehistoric Hoatzin, Ringed and Amazon Kingfishers, Macaws and several other parrot species. Several monkey species are possible as well as Black Caimans. Most of all the Ecuadorian Amazon is an enchanting region.

South Africa Safari with Tom Mace

What is Included?
• Round Trip Airfare from Atlanta GA to Johannesburg South Africa (15 hr non-stop flight)
• Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg
• Transfer to Makutsi Game Reserve
• 7 Nights, 8 Days
• Daily Game Drives
• Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site
• Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
• Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique
• No Single Supplement Charges!
• Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers Welcome

Join us on an amazing photography Safari in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in late August is during the dry season where the grasses are short and the wildlife congregates around water. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.

Tufted Puffins in WA with Tim Boyer

We’ll go to one of the only spots left to photograph Tufted Puffins in the San Juan Islands. This two-day workshop is scheduled to take advantage of the summer weather we have in late July and timed for when the Tufted Puffins are feeding their chicks. Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, and Rhinoceros Auklets are the main targets. There are also other possibilities like; Great Blue Herons, and all three cormorant species (Brandt’s, Pelagic and Double-crested), Black Oystercatcher, Caspian Tern, Turkey Vulture, Western Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Bald Eagles, and a variety of gulls.
We’ll be in a chartered 30-foot boat that sits lower in the water than the other/larger sightseeing boats. This means you’ll get better images on this workshop then if you go on a big boat.

Iceland and Birds of the Arctic with Greg Downing

During a new Iceland photography tour, enjoy an itinerary mainly focused on Arctic bird photography including 3 days at Grímsey Island in the Arctic Circle.

Featuring a wealth and wide variety of incredible photography opportunities, northeast Iceland is one of the best places on Earth to photograph cliff-dwelling birds such as colorful and comedic Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres, gannets, fulmars, and many other seabirds.

At Grímsey we will be right on the Arctic Circle, spending time searching for and photographing nesting Arctic species and vagrants. As your group works east and northward from your starting point in Reykjavík, you will marvel at the beautiful sights at every turn. Only our Iceland photography tour shows you the best of Iceland’s birds with other marvelous sights such as volcanos and waterfalls.

Birds of Nome with Tim Boyer

Nome and the surrounding Seward Peninsula is rich in bird life during the summer months. Birds come from all over the world to mate and raise their young on the open tundra. Bar-tailed Godwits come from New Zealand, Pacific Golden-Plovers, Wandering Tattlers, and other birds come from Hawaii, and Northern Wheatears come all the way from Africa. Then there are the rare birds that cross the Bering and Chukchi Seas, such as Bluethroat and Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Toss in a varied selection of ducks, loons, terns, shorebirds, and other songbirds and all of a sudden it just becomes a bird photographers paradise. This is a full five-days of photography workshop; there are 21 hours of daylight to shoot in, so the challenge isn’t what to shoot, it’s when to sleep. We’ll have five morning and five afternoon/evening photography shooting sessions. This workshop is limited to three participants.

Southeast Coast Birds and Beyond With Rena Johnson

In this incredible 4-day workshop and tour, you will have the opportunity to explore 4 distinct and incredibly photographic locations that should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.

We will begin our tour in the mystical Okefenokee Swamp. Alligators, bears, turtles, cypress trees and Spanish moss will be a few of the items on our shot list here. As a bonus, we will shoot the sunset and night sky later in the evening. The next day will begin at Driftwood Beach as the sun rises. We will continue to explore this island while shooting long exposure ocean images, a variety of wading birds, and the occasional horse and rider out for an early morning run along the shore.

Our next stop will be St. Simons’ Island. There we will capture a variety of scenes from old churches to ships passing by to an assortment of birds standing watch. We will end this evening, capturing the light house as the sun sets behind it. Then continue shooting it as the night sky appears.

The next day we will head to St. Augustine to photograph an astounding variety of birds at every stage of life from eggs up through the fledglings to other chicks so large they are hard to distinguish from their parents. Hundreds, if not thousands, of birds nest here each year and are so close you can almost reach out and touch them (although this is strictly forbidden). We will end this evening as we head back up the coast shooting a few key locations as we go.

And if all of that is not enough, we will take time the last day to go over post processing. I will meet each person where they are and help them advance their editing skills to the next level. Once that session is complete, we will close our workshop out by having a fun photography contest, which is always a huge hit at my workshops. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded as well as an opportunity to enter some different regional contests from the places we just visited.

Warblers and More in Michigan Upper Peninsula with Paul Rossi

Excellent opportunity to photograph many beautiful warblers: colors and patterns, as a group, unmatched.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula at and just north of Lake Huron can be spectacular for northern warblers at the time of this trip. 24 species breed in the area and 3 more migrate through at this time. Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed vireo, and many others join them. Many of the 24 species of warblers have a breeding range extending further north. And many individuals stay around the lake shore after crossing Lake Huron to feed on the super abundant midge hatches. The midges feed the incredible population of spiders, which the warblers also love. There is so much food around for warblers that their territories are often shrunken. On a 1.5 acre lot where I live we have had 7 species of warblers breed for over 15 years! The past few years there has been a Spruce Budworm outbreak along the lake front and in areas we will visit inland. The outbreak will continue this year. Spruce Budworm specialists such as Cape May and Tennessee Warblers are abundant, and many other species such as Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada and Black-throated Green Warblers have increased their numbers. Last year a Bay-breasted pair attempted to nest.

Here is an animation of migrating birds in the western hemisphere that clearly shows that Michigan funnels migrating birds (especially northern warblers) through the area of this workshop at the time of the workshop: mid-to-late May.

We will strive for images with excellent composition, not just a bird on a stick large in the frame with a clean background. The types of opportunities you will have on this trip can never be found at a migration hotspot such as Magee Marsh or Pt Pelee, where there can be plenty of warblers but you can only hope that a bird might be close enough and land on a unblocked perch with a decent background. At these excellent viewing locations good photographic opportunities are often days apart. But we will have many excellent opportunities most days.

At the time of this trip the aggressive experienced males, which are in their brightest plumage, provide abundant opportunity in their breeding habitat, especially because of all the migrants of the same species around.