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!
Photo Workshop Highlights
- Bald Eagle Migration
- 10 clients
- Two Instructors
- 5 nights and 6 days
- All Inclusive
Itinerary Bird Photography Workshop – British Columbia
Arrive January 5 in time for a 6PM meeting and dinner.
Depart January 10 after 3PM.
January 5, 2020 – Day 1
We will have a group dinner and go over the rest of the week’s activities. And answer any questions that you have.
January 6, 2020 – Day 2
We will be up at dawn which is an easy 7 am this time of the year and head out to find Bald Eagles and local specialties like Short-eared owls and Northern Harrriers.
We will also be changing hotels today and move to the heart of “Eagle Country”!
Once checked in; join us for a group editing session and a presentation designed to improve your bird photography. We will also review your photos and help you make any needed adjustments.
January 7-9, 2020 – Days 3, 4 & 5
Today we will be visiting previously scouted location(s) where we have seen the Bald Eagles hunt and rest.
Like last night, we’ll have an evening editing session and a brief update on tomorrow’s photography.
January 10, 2020 – Day 6
We will check out of our hotel and head back to an area south of Vancouver to look for owls that call this area home during the fall and winter season.
We will then drag you away from the fantastic birds and take you to the airport. Please schedule your departures after 3 PM.
What is Included?
The workshop cost includes all the following: Shared accommodations (single rooms available for $300) and local transportation. A welcome meeting/dinner with your fellow photographers and your guides. All breakfasts, Instruction in the field with your photographer guides with a maximum of 5 photographers per leader, Image critiques (optional), instructional bird photography presentation(s), digital workflow demonstration and unlimited question answering!
The tour cost does not include international or domestic airfare. Travel insurance, alcohol, items of personal nature, anything not outlined as included.
What is Not Included?
The tour cost does not include international or domestic airfare. Transportation to the hotel for arrivals is not included however we will drop you off at the airport or your hotel for departures. Travel insurance, alcohol, items of personal nature, anything not outlined as included.
We will share our bird photography knowledge with you so that you will leave a better photographer than when you arrived. You will learn about planning, gear, and photography techniques.
While in the field we will discuss camera settings, holding your camera correctly and what settings to consider using to maximize the number of shots that you believe to be “keepers.” We will also discuss bird habits to watch to increase your successful captures.
The tour size is limited to ten photographers so you can count on minimal interruption from too many tripods and with a 5 to 1 client instructor ratio you can get a ton of one on one attention and education.
What Should I Bring?
Be prepared for temps between 0 and 50 F (0-10 C). It is likely to be rainy or misty, and so so some water resistant/proof outer gear will help keep you stay warm and dry. You should also wear neutral colors or even camouflage gear.
BC Birds is a workshop for the big glass, a minimum of 400mm and as much as you have will be the proper tools for this Bald Eagle photography workshop. A sturdy tripod and a gimbal head will be invaluable. You should pack your wide angle; there are some beautiful landscapes throughout the valley.
You will take more images than you might expect so be sure you’re loaded up with memory cards.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
US Citizens Traveling To Canada*
Valid at time of entry. If you are transiting Canada en route to Europe, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
Blank Passport Pages
One page required.
Not required for stays under 180 days.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the destination airport in Vancouver, British Columbia. We will make reservations for the hotel to pick you up at the airport. PLEASE PLEASE, reconfirm your information with the airport especially if your flights change or are delayed. Their number is 604-241-1830
You should arrive in Vancouver before 6:00 PM on January 5, 2020. If you are coming from far away and it is not feasible to arrive before six let me know I will book you an extra night at the group’s hotel. There is a free shuttle that operates 24 hours a day and is 15 to 30 minutes away from the airport. The overnight stay at the Holiday Inn is not included in the workshop price.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond
10688 No. 6 Road
Richmond, British Columbia V6W 1E7
We will plan to drop you off at the Vancouver International Airport around 1:00 PM. This should be adequate time for departures after 3:00 PM.
Lodging & Transportation
All of the transportation (excluding airport to hotel on arrival) and hotels are included during the workshop, so no worries, just get your self in and out of Vancouver and we have done the heavy lifting!
I always use trip insurance for my travels. It’s so much easier and with so many more benefits when you compare it with your insurance. I’ve found the costs to be reasonable given the benefits. I use Travel Guard when I travel and even though; I’ve not had a claim they were helpful and easy to deal with on the phone.
*Information for US citizens travel to Canada was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of December 2017. If you are going to Canada from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.
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About 30 days before departure, you will get a welcome kit with the nuts and bolts of what to expect. Of course, feel free to email me or call me and we can talk about it as much as you like!
There is a 2.5% convenience fee to pay your balance by credit cards. There are no fees with any of the listed payment methods for your deposit. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions and or the FAQ to fully understand about deposits, cancellations and other important, but boring stuff.
Based on my client’s experience, I cannot stress more strongly how crucial it is to purchase travel insurance. Like I said before, and here it comes again, there is never a way to predict what is going to happen when you are booking trips months and years into the future.
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In past years we photographed these bird species on the BC Birds Workshop.
Red-tailed Hawk, Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Pied Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Wood Duck, Sandhill Crane, Northern Pintail, Belted Kingfisher, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Hooded Merganser, Snow Goose, Mute Swan, Rough-legged Hawk, Canvasback, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Great Horned Owl, Northwestern Crow, Pileated Woodpecker and multiple species of Songbirds, Herons and Egrets.
The tuition for the Birds Galore Photography Workshop is $3295 single occupancy or $2995 if you share the accommodations.
The deposit for this workshop is USD 500. The deposit can be paid by PayPal, Credit Card, Wire Transfer or Check. Actually, if you have another way you would like to pay, I am open to new ideas when it comes to collecting money!
The balance of the workshop tuition will be due November 5, 2019 (60 days prior).
Ready to Go Photograph Birds in British Columbia?
Here is the plan, above all, you are going to create great images! In addition, you are going to leave a better photographer than when you arrived! And we’ll have some laughs along the way! With all of that in mind you should use the register button now and join the best bird photography workshop in British Columbia!
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