Nome Alaska Birds and Wildlife with Ken Archer

Join professional photographer Ken Archer to photograph the breeding birds of Nome, Alaska and the Seward Peninsula. The dates of this workshop are planned to take full advantage of the unique variety of bird life that migrate, live and nest and in the area during this beautiful time of year. We should find the arctic tundra blooming with a variety of wildflowers making for the high possibility for colorful and unique compositions. The main focus of this trip will be the incredible bird life, including a wide variety of shorebirds, passerines, raptors, jaegers and waterfowl. Rarities we will be especially looking for include the Bluethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Bristled-thighed Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Aleutian Tern among others. A good variety of mammals also live here. There is a good probability we will see and photograph Musk Oxen, Red Fx, Moose, Reindeer and Arctic Ground Squirrels. Wolves, Lynx and Grizzly Bears also live here but are less visible. And the arctic landscape is irresistible to photograph, especially early and late in the day.

South Texas Birds with Jeff Wendorff

The Texas Bird Photography Workshop is the result of my enthusiasm for Bird Photography and willingness to share a couple of decades of experience as a professional wildlife photographer and workshop instructor.

Who knows how many of the more than 100 possible species we will find, but when we do they will be right where we want them, in front of your camera. We will be photographing from blinds that have feeders and freshwater to get up close, without fear of spooking the birds away. We will create beautiful natural perches and perfect non-existent backgrounds so your images will be fantastic!

Along with a local expert with hundreds if not thousands of hours photographing birds in Texas, we will help you create your best bird photography images. You’ll learn about the birds, you’ll learn about your gear, and you’ll learn how to create stunning bird photography images!

Arizona Birds & Bats with Jeff Parker

This 5-night Birds & Bats of SE Arizona Photo Tour offers loads of action for your lenses. This region is known as one of the most vibrant places in the United States and the tiny speedsters will certainly be one of our main subjects. Fifteen species of hummers have been seen at the lodge where we spend our first three nights. I bring along all the high-speed flash gear and you just show up.

One of our destinations is the famous Pond at Elephanthead. At this awesome photographer-friendly site, the owner keeps blinds, perches, water features, feeding stations, and set-ups in place year-round. One of our shoots here takes place after dark so we can capture shots of bats swooping in for a drink.

Limited to EIGHT (8) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy) ~ MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/birds-bats-of-arizona-photo-tour-2020/

Japan Winter Wildlife with Daniel J. Cox

Encounter and photograph the wild and mystical wildlife of Japan, including the charismatic “hot tubbing” snow monkeys (Japanese macaques) in central Honshu. These fun-loving monkeys are curious and human-like, playing, chasing, and even throwing snowballs at each other like little children in a snowball fight.

We’ll travel north to the island of Hokkaido where bird life dominates the winter landscape. The elegant Japanese crane will dance in and out of our lenses while one of the world’s largest raptors, the Steller’s sea eagle, performs in the sky above us. We’ll also have great opportunities for red fox and deer.

Soak in the onsen next to a playful snow monkey, photograph a pirouetting crane, or just simply have tea at one of the many traditional charming ryokans. Japan will be an unforgettable experience—join us in 2020!

British Columbia Birds with Jeff Wendorff

Bird Photography Workshop Overview

Join us on the best bird photography workshop in British Columbia featuring the most significant Bald Eagle migration in the world! British Columbia is the winter home for 2000 to 8000 Bald Eagles during their winter migration south to feed on the spawning salmon and to breed. They linger in the area through the winter months, raising their young before returning to their summer territory in Northern BC and the Yukon.

The bird photography workshop is organized for this time of the year because it is when the Bald Eagles put on their best show. You’ll be able to photograph all kinds of bird behavior from flying, besting, flirting, mating, eating and if we are really lucky, aerial battles with eagles In other words, you will be clicking a lot!

There are birds galore on the best bird photography workshop in British Columbia. In addition to the eagles, hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl are cruising the Pacific Flyway for their annual migration. All of the ducks and geese in one space causes the local raptor population to converge on the same area for easy hunting. All in all, this makes winter a very birdy season in British Columbia, and we are going to show you the best of the best!

We have lead this bird photography workshop for several years, and each year we tweak it as our local knowledge grows. We know the best locations, best times, heck we even “know” some of the birds! You will be set up for your photography in the best areas with the most birds at the peak time of the Bald Eagle migration in British Columbia!

Raptors & Bird in Denver with Cheryl Opperman

Join Denver Audubon, HawkQuest, and award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman to master bird photography in this unique photo workshop that supports wildlife conservation and education. Photograph 10 different species in a variety of settings and attend photography classes daily. Small class size with individual critique sessions included.

What you will learn:

How to evaluate and modify light for bird photography including the use of flash when appropriate
The best camera settings to stop or intentionally blur action, ensure adequate depth of field, and tips to speed your response time so you are always ready to capture the action.
In depth exposure selection including the exposure triangle, best exposure modes for different lighting situations, and evaluating the histogram.
Customizable settings most useful in bird photography
Choosing effective compositions that direct your viewer through the image and eliminate distractions.
Anticipating bird behavior
Finding and photographing birds in the wild
Digital processing techniques to optimize your images.

Equipment needed (a more detailed list will be provided after sign-up):

Camera body with mostly telephoto lenses (Anything from 200mm to 600mm will work well as the birds are very close)
Tripod with panning head
Laptop computer with image processing software

Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Laura M Eppig

Showcase 2019 Birds, Judges' Choice: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Catching Gnat © Laura M. Eppig.

Showcase 2019 Birds, Judges’ Choice: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Catching Gnat © Laura M. Eppig.

Bio:

Laura M. Eppig is a mostly self taught Nature Photographer who learned on slide film in the late ’80’s. She was invited to join a Camera Club in order to learn Bird Photography and was mentored by 3 of the founding members.  While Laura shoots the majority of her images close to home, she has been known to travel far afield in search of certain elusive subjects, specifically Owls.

Laura finds that she can combine most of her interests through photography. Hiking and bird watching are two of her passions that nature photography encompasses. Macro photography is one of her special interests, especially shooting insects and spiders.  Library Exhibits, as well as other types of displays, and Photography Classes keep her busy in addition to photographing whenever possible.

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How I Got the Shot: Gilded Flicker and Bees Pollinating Saguaro Cactus Blooms

Gilded Flicker and Bees Pollinating Saguaro Cactus Blooms

Gilded Flicker and Bees Pollinating Saguaro Cactus Blooms

Story and photo by Wendy Kaveney

The Giant Saguaro Cactus (Cereus giganteus) is indigenous to the Desert Southwest and blooms in the spring.  Saguaro flowers bloom for less than 24 hours, allowing only a little time to be pollinated. During the flower’s short life, it provides food for bees and birds during the day, and for bats during the night. They, in turn, pollinate the flowers.

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Bicycle Birding

A reddish egret dances across the water while pursuing a fish.

A reddish egret dances across the water while pursuing a fish.

Story and Photos by Budd Titlow

If you are a bird photography aficionado, I have some great news!

The proliferation of “Rails-to-Trails” conversion projects throughout our nation has created a fantastic new modus operandi for practicing your passion. Plus, it also benefits your health by providing daily exercise. I call this activity bicycle birding and here’s how it works for me.

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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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