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.

Bosque del Apache and White Sands with David Stimac

This is an intensive photo tour designed to give you as many chances as possible to come away with a large and varied collection of images. Since this tour is limited to 6 participants, you will get the attention and guidance you’ve come to expect on one of my tours.

This tour will focus on the birds of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and landscapes of White Sands National Monument. During the first half of the tour we will visit Bosque del Apache with its wetlands and agricultural fields that provide resting and feeding areas for tens of thousands of birds. From there we will head to White Sands National Monument to explore the other-worldly landscapes created by sand and wind.

Ecuador Birds with Jeff Parker

Winged Wonders of Ecuador Photo Tour ~ 2019

Join award-winning pro, Jeff Parker for his “Winged Wonders of Ecuador Photo Tour ~ 2019” and focus on the avian jewels of the Neotropics. Visit several elevations in Ecuador’s Chocó Region and experience different ecosystems & the special birds they harbor.

Hummingbirds are the highlight! In Ecuador, they come dressed in dazzling colors & a variety of forms — including the magnificent Booted Racket-tail & Sword-billed Hummingbird! During this Ecuador Photo Tour we could have the opportunity to photograph up to 40 unique hummingbird species!.

A big part of this trip will be multi-flash hummingbird photography. Jeff will provide the equipment & backgrounds & other items needed to get great shots. And by limiting the tour to just eight (8) participants everyone gets to utilize the set-ups as much—or as little—as they wish.

But hummingbirds are just part of what you’ll photograph. Tanagers, motmots, toucans, manakins, euphonias & the improbable looking Cock-of-the-Rock will also fill your memory cards.

This tour also includes a trip to an Oilbird roost where we’ll get the rare chance to capture images of the nocturnal birds while we have the light to do our photography.

LIMITED TO EIGHT (8) ~ All-inclusive; double-occupancy
More info at: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/ecuador-photo-tour/ ~ or call: (512) 378-3355

Bosque del Apache and White Sands with Daniel J. Cox

It’s time for a winter break—join Daniel to photograph in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, one of the top birding hotspots in North America! Winter is the best time to photograph the thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and various ducks that migrate through the area. Endless photo opportunities in this world-famous wildlife refuge make it the perfect destination to enhance your photography skills.

We will sneak away to White Sands National Monument for an evening and morning shoot of these beautiful white dunes. Relax… Transfers, touring, meals (best green chili burger!), hotel, and one-on-one time with Dan in the field are all included.

Bosque del Apache and White Sands with David Stimac

This is an intensive photo tour designed to give you as many chances as possible to come away with a large and varied collection of images. Since this tour is limited to 6 participants, you will get the attention and guidance you’ve come to expect on one of my tours.

This tour will focus on the birds of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and landscapes of White Sands National Monument. During the first half of the tour we will visit Bosque del Apache with its wetlands and agricultural fields that provide resting and feeding areas for tens of thousands of birds. From there we will head to White Sands National Monument to explore the other-worldly landscapes created by sand and wind.

Chincoteague and Assateague Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Chincoteague NWR is located on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague. In the fall, the refuge attracts large numbers of snow geese along with ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and other migrants. It is also the home to wild horses, deer, raccoon, fox squirrels, and other animals. Used to being protected, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of humans and presents visitors with great photo opportunities. The ocean, dunes, shells, workboats, harbor, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets offer workshop participants a variety of subjects with which to work. The workshop includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife, capturing in-flight shots of birds, equipment selection, composition, lighting, and exposure. We will explore both the refuge, seashore, and the community.

This Chincoteague Photo Workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, and in the town of Chincoteague. Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) basic image manipulation and 6) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Based on my findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, we will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for migrating birds. Potential photo subjects include sand dunes, shells, ocean wave, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, local architecture, and wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.

The orientation and discussion sessions for the Chincoteague Photo Workshop December 2018 will be held at the Best Western Motel in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd.

Weekly Wow! Week of December 10, 2018

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "Fighting Northern Bobwhites, Santa Clara Ranch, South Texas" © Hector Astorga

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Fighting Northern Bobwhites, Santa Clara Ranch, South Texas” © Hector Astorga

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 10, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 3, 2018

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "The hungry juvenile Peregrine Falcon, California" © Thanh Tran

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “The hungry juvenile Peregrine Falcon, California” © Thanh Tran

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 3, 2018.

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From the President: Gordon Illg

Shooting Elephant Rock under a full moon.

Shooting Elephant Rock under a full moon. Photograph by Cathy Illg.

It’s that time of year again, the season we set aside for giving thanks. And even in these days of environmental degradation NANPA members have much to be grateful for. For the time being at least, we still have an incredible wealth of both locations and species just begging to be captured with a camera. How long we’ll have them is anyone’s guess, but for today let us be thankful we still have subjects to point a lens at.

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