Bosque del Apache with Sandy Zelasko & Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. In November, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary.
Equally as impressive, we could find wild turkeys roaming wooded areas, coyotes hunting for waterfowl, dabblers and divers feeding in the ponds and early morning mule deer. We could see kit, red and gray fox or get really lucky and witness an elusive bobcat. Following is a link to a comprehensive list of wildlife on the refuge, https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/BDA2008_WildlifeList.pdf.

Birds and Wildlife of Ecuador with Steve Gettle and Nicole Sudduth

Experience the wonders of the Andean cloudforest as we photograph birds and other wildlife of the Tandayapa Valley and Sumaco foothills. Stand upon the paramo where condors soar and encounter a completely different set of high elevation species. Photograph some of the most stunning subjects Ecuador has to offer! Then join us for an optional extension to Sani for a genuine journey into the most biologically diverse place in the world, deep in the heart of the Amazon!

From the valley of Tandayapa and foothills of Sumaco to the mountain tops of the Andes, this trip will take you on a marvelous tour of wildlife and habitat diversity!

Throughout this photo adventure, we will explore a range of elevations that bring you in contact with wildlife species that fill exclusive niches within their unique habitats. Ecuador has 130 of the world’s 330 species of hummingbirds. Just imagine dozens of hummingbird species, different at each elevation, displaying unique colors, bill adaptations, and behaviors that enable them to thrive. Swordbills, Violet-tailed Sylphs, sunangels, Booted Racket-tails, thorntails and more! Steve Gettle has been using high-speed flash to capture these winged jewels in flight for over 25 years. For this trip we will bring along our own 6 light highspeed flash system and connect your camera to it so you can capture the brilliance of these birds in flight.

In addition to hummingbirds, you will find yourself in the midst of hundreds of other exciting bird species! All within reach of your camera, we will photograph unique birds like the Golden-headed Quetzal, tanagers, toucans, barbets, woodcreepers, flowerpiercers, treehunters, redstarts, becards, and euphonias, just to name a few. We will visit the lek of the coveted Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and photograph males as they defend territory and display for females. Antpittas are always high on the list of our clients to see and photograph. These secretive little birds are a lot of fun and we have a special field trip lined up that gives you just such an opportunity.

Beyond the birds, you will also want to bring along a macro lens to photograph the many butterflies, moths, reptiles and amphibians. Additionally, the jungle really comes alive after the sun goes down. So we will be out to experience the night life of the jungle, including owls, bats, insects and other nocturnal creatures.

This trip is not to be missed! We have selected lodges and lined up field trips designed to put you in the heart of the cloud forest and on the top of the mountains. We visit private reserves with a profusion of life so you can immerse yourself in the wonders of nature while capturing incredible images!

We are naturalists as well as photographers and keep our eyes and ears open for wild encounters everywhere we go to bring you the most memorable experiences and incredible photographs possible!

Lake Sinclair, Georgia with Rena Johnson

1, 2 and 3-Day workshops are available.

On the One-Day Workshop, we will begin with classroom style instruction going over the tricks and techniques you will need to capture the incredible beauty of the lake as well as all of the birds and wildlife so abundant in this area. After the classroom presentation, we will take a pontoon out on the lake for a full day of one-on-one instruction while capturing amazing images around every corner.

The Two-Day Workshop includes all of Day-One’s activities, followed by a sunset and night sky shoot, as well as a sunrise shoot the following morning for anyone interested. Then we will have another whole day of shooting in another area of Lake Sinclair.

The Three-Day Workshop will include the first two day’s activities, plus another evening of sunset and night sky shooting followed by a day of post processing with one-on-one editing help using Adobe Photoshop to really make the images pop. As a bonus, for those who are interested, we will also have a show and tell contest at the end with the winning images having the option of being featured in our next newsletter, on social media and on our website. There will also be prizes awarded.

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please see my main website at the link below. I am also available to answer any questions you might have.

https://www.outdoorphotosbyrena.com/Lake-Sinclair-Workshops

Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Summit

Bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Eastern Shore is a land of coastal wetlands and seashores, diverse wildlife, and seasons that bring character to its golden marshes and wide open bays, perfumed piney woodlands, and sandy coastal beaches. Come capture images of pristine field sites throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and learn from our expert instructors. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one instruction in the field creating a truly unique experience. Housing provided on site. Instructors include NANPA members Jim Clark, Nikhil Bahl, Brian Zwit, and Jamie Konarski Davidson, along with Michael Traubel. Held in Wallops Island, VA.

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America’s Better Idea: National Wildlife Refuges

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Story and photographs by Jeff Parker

The National Parks have famously been called “America’s best idea”.  I have visited many of our National Parks and they ARE awesome.  However, I tend to think that our National Wildlife Refuges are “America’s Better Idea”.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 15, 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: “Leap For Life, Baffin Bay, Nunavut” © Greg Cook.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 15, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 8, 2018

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Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 1, 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: Ice Bubbles, Glacier National Park, © Chuck Haney

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: Ice Bubbles, Glacier National Park, © Chuck Haney

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 1, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 24, 2018

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Great Kiskadee and Green Jay, Laguna Seca Ranch, South Texas. © Melody Lytle

Great Kiskadee and Green Jay, Laguna Seca Ranch, South Texas. © Melody Lytle

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 24, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 17, 2018

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"Great Hornbill, Kaziranga, India"

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner “Great Hornbill, Kaziranga, India” © Peter Balunek

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 17, 2018.

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