Birds galore with more Bald Eagles than you can count!
Join us in photographing 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 workshop is organized for this time of the year because it is when the Bald Eagles put on their best show. There are frequent aerial battles with eagles defending the nests and favorite feeding spots. The new eaglets require several meals a day which means the adults are flying and hunting a lot! That means that you will be clicking a lot!
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 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!
British Columbia Bird Photography Highlights
- Bald Eagle Migration
- Small Group – 6 clients
- Two Instructors
- Local Guides
- 5 nights and 6 days
- All Inclusive
- $2995 (Double Occupancy) $3295 (Single Occupancy)
BC Bird Photography Details
Workshop Dates 2019
Arrive January 6, 2019, before noon – Depart January 11, 2019, after 3 pm.
You will be met at the Vancouver airport or local hotel if you arrived early and driven to the hotel. We will get you checked in and then head out to find some birds in golden afternoon light.
After our afternoon photography, we will return to the hotel and have a group dinner. We go over the rest of the week’s activities. And answer any questions that you have.
We will return to yesterdays locations so that you have another chance at finding new birds as well as redo some images that may not have worked as you hoped.
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.
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.
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.
Workshop Inclusions and Exclusions
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 3 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.
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 for to increase your success.
The tour size is limited to six photographers so you can count on minimal interruption from too many tripods and with a 3 to 1 client instructor ratio you can get a ton of one on one attention and educaton.
Equipment and Gear
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.
Potential Bird Species
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.
Ready to Photograph the Birds?
Even after doing this workshop multiple times; there are so many eagles and birds that sometimes, I just stop and watch the birds. I think you should come along and see for yourself! You’ll make some great images, learn a thing or two and have a good time along the way!
So don’t delay register today, click the workshops registration link and you’re on your way!
Would you like to see more images from the Birds Galore Bald Eagles and More Workshop? Check out the gallery.