Birds Galore – Bald Eagles And More
More Bald Eagles Than you Can Count
Overview Birds Galore Workshop
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!
Birds Galore Workshop Highlights
- Bald Eagle Migration
- Small Group – 6 clients
- Two Instructors
- Local Guides
- 5 nights and 6 days
- All Inclusive
Arrive January 6, 2019 before noon.
Depart January 11, 2019 after 3:00 PM
January 11, 2019 – Day 1
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.
January 12, 2019 – Day 2
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.
January 13 – 15, 2019 – 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 16, 2019 – 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.
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 education.
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.
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.
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 meet you at the airport after you have cleared customs and immigration and re-claimed your baggage. There is quite a long walk at this airport and we will be waiting for you at the end of the “gauntlet” of people watching for arriving passengers. Look to the right towards the small food court for Kevin and or me.
You should arrive in Vancouver before 12:00 PM (Noon) on January 6, 2019. If you are coming from far away and arriving before noon is not a good option, please book a room at the Holiday Inn. 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 and hotels are included during the workshop, so no worries, just get your self in and out of Vancouver and we have done the rest!
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 traveling to Canada from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.
Complete the “Reserve Your Space” form on the right of this page. On a mobile device it may be at the end, but it’s a big green box, you can’t miss it.
I will get an email which will provide me with your request including the payment details. I will confirm space availability and then send you an invoice from your preferred payment method for the deposit. Once I receive the deposit your space is confirmed.
When I receive payment I will follow up with another confirmation email and receipt.
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.
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 $500 USD. 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 6, 2018 (60 days prior).