BIRDS OF FLORIDA 2017 WORKSHOP revised (four-days)B Birds of Florida 2016 Workshop
You will be spending two full days of learning and practicing bird photography (not including an arrival day and a departure day) in Central Florida. This workshop has been modified and concentrated on getting the most out of a relatively short time away from your vacation, at the same time maximizing your chances of capturing many quality bird images.
Participants: small group up to 4 photographers.
Workshop Leader: Andy Nguyen is one of the world’s top all-round bird photographer. His images have received multiple International Wildlife Awards, and been published in many high-profile magazines, including National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation, Nature’s Best, and NANPA’s Expression.
Day 1 (March 28): arrival day. Contact me prior to making your travel arrangements to determine if you would like to be with the group. If you prefer to travel on your own (in your own car), contact me for our meeting location.
Day 2 (March 29): Full day of shooting on location. Morning session from sunrise until 10am, break for lunch, then meet back at 4pm for afternoon session until sunset. I will guide you to the best locations in order to capture the best photos possible, based on current conditions and movement of birds. Approx. 8 hours of shooting and instruction. All times may vary depending on weather.
Day 3 (March 30): as Day 2, but at different locations and different species.
Day 4 (March 31): departure day.
Possible species include:
Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, White Ibis, Tricolored Heron, Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Anhinga, Double-crested Cormorant, Hooded Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Wood Duck, Limpkin, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Burrowing Owl, Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Belted Kingfisher, Black Skimmer, Terns, Crested Caracara, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, American Oystercatcher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pie-billed Grebe, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Painted Bunting, and many other.
Participants are encouraged to bring a long telephoto lens of at least 300mm, however a longer lens such as 400mm, 500mm, or 600mm would be recommended. If you don't own one of these supertele lenses, the best option is to rent it for a week. However, the newly released tele-zoom lenses (Tamron 150-600, Sigma 150-600, Nikon 200-500mm) along with the Canon 100-400mm are very adequate substitutes.
Tripod support may be used (for static shots), but ability to handhold your lens is recommended as there will be lots of opportunities for photographing BIF.
Airport: Orlando International Airport (MCO)
What this includes:
Fee of guiding you to the best possible location, and basic instruction in bird behavior, fieldcraft and photography techniques (if needed). Topics include: BIF, camera settings, composition, and more.
Lodging, based on double occupancy (single supplement of $200)
What it doesn’t include:
Flights to/from MCO
Transportation (may be arranged with myself in advance)
BYOL is suggested. This can be done by picking up food for lunch before you start the day at select 24-hr locations. However, during the 2-hour break for lunch, you will be able to visit local restaurants for fast food take-out or dine-in.
Bring appropriate clothing. Mosquito and insect repellent is recommended, just in case needed. Comfortable shoes. Wading gear (shorts, water shoes) optional.
Some walking may be required.
March 28-31, 2017
$800 per person (USD). A full amount of $800 is due at time of signing up. Deadline is January 11, 2017.
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