Amazing location with more eagles than you can count!
We’ll explore the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia during the winter migration. The iconic Bald Eagle will be the dominant species that we photograph with an estimated 6000-8000 birds traveling south through the valley. The abundant food from the salmon run brings high numbers of raptors into a relatively compact range.
I’ve hired some of the best local guides to put us in the best spots to make some incredible images. They have years of experience guiding and photographing the birds in the stunningly beautiful Fraser Valley and the surrounding Cascade Mountains.
British Columbia Bird Photography Highlights
- Bald Eagle Migration
- Small Group – 8 clients
- Two Instructors
- Local Guides
- 5 nights and 6 days
- All Inclusive
- $3495 (Double Occupancy)
BC Bird Photography Details
Workshop Dates 2017
Arrive November 26, 2017, before noon – Depart December 1, 2017, after 5 pm.
Workshop Dates 2018
Arrive November 11, 2018, before noon – Depart November 17, 2018, after 5 pm..
Plan to arrive in Vancouver before noon, and we will pick you up a drive to our hotel.
Once we have checked you in at the hotel, we’ll head out and find the eagles for some afternoon photography. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner (included) and spend some time getting to know each other and go over what you can expect for the next few days of the tour.
Today we will be visiting all our scouted locations where the eagles traditionally hunt and rest. Expect to be out photographing eagles from 7:30 am till 3:30 pm.
After or during dinner we’ll have a group editing session to look at your photos and help you make adjustments, so you will make better captures over the coming days.
In the morning, we will visit the Delta Dykes or George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary to see what birds that we can photograph. Then we will head back out for more eagle photography.
Like last night, we’ll have an evening editing session and a brief update on tomorrow’s photography.
We will put in a full day photographing the birds spending time looking for harriers and owls and follow up with another group editing session.
We will spend the last morning capturing more eagle images and then depart for the airport.
Schedule your departure after 3 pm from either Vancouver or Abbotsford Airport.
Included in the Workshop
Double occupancy accommodation (Single supplement $250) at a local hotel along the beach for four nights, all breakfasts, drinks while on location, dinners, personal photography blinds to use during the workshop, instruction in the field with your photographer guides and evening reviews of the days photography to find and correct any issues and optional image critiques.
The tour cost does not include international or domestic airfare. Travel insurance, alcohol, items of personal nature, anything not outlined as included.
The tour size is limited to eight photographers so you can count on minimal interruption throughout your journey in British Columbia. The maximum attendee to instructor ration is 4-1
I’ll help you with your camera settings, photography techniques for birds in flight and other tips to help you maximize your “keepers”.
Each evening we will gather as a group with our laptops and discuss editing techniques to achieve sharper images, composition from cropping and introduce you to some techniques we use to create more appealing images.
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 warm and dry. We will be photographing from blinds, but 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 2016 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 in British Columbia?
I could do this over and over again; there were so many eagles and birds that sometimes, I just had to 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 too!
So don’t delay register today, click the workshops registration link and you’re on your way!