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.

Costa Rica with David Hemmings

The Central American country of COSTA RICA is world famous for its coffee, as a surfing destination, and above all else for its astonishing diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty. Cost Rica “The Rich Coast” is a country is home to over 9000 species of flowering plants, over 600 species of butterflies, more than 200 different mammals as well as prehistoric looking reptiles and boldly colored amphibians. With over 875 species Costa Rica is home to more avian species than Canada and the United States combined. Opportunities for landscape photography are equally diverse with mountains, beaches, volcanoes, tropical forests, waterfalls and much, much more. We supply the multi-flash set ups for hummingbird photography for all of our workshops. Not a photographer? No worries, we always offer one of our cameras for you to use should you like to participate. For those looking for hummingbird multi-flash photography Costa Rica has a large variety of hummingbirds to keep you busy all day long. Species Include: Snowcap, Resplendent Quetzal, Green-crowned Brilliant, Montezumas Orapendola, Green Thorntail, White-faced Capuchin Monkey, A variety of colorful tanagers, Scarlet Macaw, Kingfishers. This will be our 12th year to this paradise!

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.

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.

Tangier Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto 

My spring 2018 Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife.  Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.

During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons..

Includes: One-on-one instruction; image critiques; two night’s accommodations at a B&B; full breakfast; boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and transportation around the island by golf cart.

Photo workshop size limited 3-8 participants.

Birds of SE Arizona with Tim Boyer

Photograph the wide variety and beautiful birds of SE Arizona. Up to 5 different hummingbird species and 40+ other species of birds are possible. Based out of Green Valley this four-day workshop has four morning and four afternoon/evening photography sessions. We’ll be shooting from photo blinds and use multi-flash setups for the hummingbirds. All the flash equipment for the hummingbird sessions is provided for you to use, just bring your camera, lenses, and a tripod (with plenty of batteries and storage cards).

Birds of SW Florida with Tim Boyer

Florida has two of the best things a bird photographer could ask for, good light and plenty of cool birds. On this 5-day workshop we will have the possibility of photographing 75+ birds. We’ll go to a variety of habitats to find those birds, from wide-open beaches to cypress and mangrove forest, scrub and grassy habitats lake and rivers etc. Florida is a mecca for bird photography and we’ll go to close to twenty different shooting locations. This is a small group bird photography workshop, limited to 3 photographers so we can travel in one car and get around the Southwest portion of Florida quickly and efficiently. No need to rent a car, after you get to the hotel, transportation is included. A three to four hour chartered boat ride is included for a great chance to photograph Snail Kites and Limpkins. There will be lots of gulls, shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets, pelican, several duck species, some jays, nuthatches and several species of woodpecker as well. We’ll visit some of the most popular spots like Ding Darling, Fort de Soto, Venice Rookery, and Cape Coral and we’ll visit very productive sites that aren’t as well known but offer incredible photographic opportunities.

Arctic Norway & Finland Birds with David Stimac

Early spring on the arctic shorelines and forests of Norway and Finland is an incredible time for bird photography! King and Steller’s eiders are almost ready to return to their breeding grounds in Russia. Black-legged Kittiwakes and Atlantic Puffins are coming home to their cliffs after a long winter at sea. Pine Grosbeaks, Siberian Jays and Arctic Redpolls flit through the Taiga. This is a magical time of year, as winter recedes and birdlife takes over. The longer days provide ample light, there are still plenty of winter birds, spring courtship activities have started and there are still good chances for spectacular Aurora borealis displays.

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HIGHLIGHTS:
King, Steller’s and Common eiders, Razorbills, Atlantic Puffins, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Shags, Black-legged Kittiwakes, songbirds of the Taiga, northern owls, Aurora borealis, Golden & White-tailed Eagles, cryptic Willow & Rock Ptarmigan, the flamboyant displays of lekking Black Grouse and even the possibility of gyrfalcon or wolverine, all in a beautiful wintry landscape.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
14 nights lodging
13 days of photography
All meals during the tour
All ground transportation
Professional tips and guidance in the field
Image critique
Local guides
Floating blind
All boat trips
Baited (roadkill) Golden Eagle blind
Black Grouse lek blind

Eagles & Peregrines of WA Coast with Tim Boyer

Photograph wild Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles and if we’re lucky a Merlin. There are also wintering Dunlin and Sanderling flocks, which make for some cool sunset-landscape opportunities. Four full days of instruction, with four mornings and four afternoon/evening photography shooting sessions. We’ll be using the car as a photo blind to get close to the birds of prey.

Birds of San Diego County with Tim Boyer

Photograph Brown Pelicans, and cormorants in breeding plumage, and ducks, herons, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and skimmers. There are 60+ species of birds possible on this workshop. We go to more places and photograph more birds than other groups. We’ll also do some landscape photography of the Pacific Ocean, piers and waves at sunset. Four and a half days of instruction, with four morning, and four afternoon/evening shooting sessions. We’ll also do at least two post-processing session in the early afternoon.