Snowy Owls, Eagles, Hawks, and More Raptors! Then add the possibility of moose, wolf, and fox, and this becomes a fabulous photography workshop for the wildlife photographer!
Every winter the Snowy Owls push down from the Arctic in search of food. We will be waiting; camera ready to photograph one of the most photogenic birds in the world, the Snowy Owl!
We will also work with some incredible raptors that are falconry birds. These are flying birds and not rehab birds, and these sessions will help you refine your technique for photographing birds in flight. Of course you will also fill your portfolio with killer images flying birds of prey. From owls to eagles and everything in between, you’ll be presented with a great variety of birds to photograph.
But wait there is more! While we are in the Great White North, we will also visit the beautiful Algonquin Park, a most photogenic winter wonderland. While we explore the park looking for moose and wolves, we’ll take advantage of the light and photograph the beautiful winter landscape. There is an excellent chance for Red Fox and Pine Marten and several species of woodland songbirds as well.
Snowy Owl and Raptors in Flight Workshop Highlights
- Snowy Owl Migration
- Winter wildlife
- Birds of Prey in flight
- Small Group – 8 clients
- Local Guides
- 9 nights and 10 days
- All Inclusive
- Ontario, Canada
- $4495 Single Occupancy or $4295 Double Occupancy
We will spend our time together in Northern Ontario where we will be photographing the Snowy Owls, other birds of prey in flight and some of the local wildlife such as red fox, pine martin and maybe moose and wolves.
We will have exclusive use of several tracts of private property so that our group will not be competing with local photographers and birders for these birds. We will have two local guides helping us locate the owls and placing us in the best possible positions to photograph the owls. They have been photographing and guiding people on these trips for several years, and so, we should be secure in our belief that we’ll be photographing Snowy Owls. Over the past several years, they have averaged 7 or 8 individual Snowy Owls as well as Barred Owl. In fact, in the last six years they have only been skunked two days. The odds are in our favor, and you should have plenty of opportunities to make some fantastic images.
As a photography workshop, there is a significant teaching component on this trip. I’ll ensure that you understand the camera settings and techniques that you’ll need to succeed. We’ll talk about successful compositions and image processing to get you the photos that you’ve dreamed of making.
I’ve tried to make this workshop as comfortable as possible for those of you that are not familiar with winter driving. All you have to do is show up at the Toronto Airport, and we will pick you up and do all the driving.
Your hotel, your breakfast, and your local transportation are all included. If you’d like to arrange for a private room, just let me know, and I will get you a rate for that.
Our group will never be more than eight so that we can get close to the owls without causing too much disturbance. A small group also means you will have as much or as little personal attention as you prefer.
Raptors, Owls and Winter Wildlife Workshop Details
Workshop Dates: Arrive January 18, 2019 – Depart after 5 PM January 26,2019
Daily Workshop Schedule
Arrive in Toronto where you will be met and taken to our hotel. We’ll get to know each other and spend some time going through the daily routine, check out your gear and get you ready to photograph our first session with birds in flight.
You can expect to photograph a variety of hawks, owls, and eagles on a broad range of natural perches. The best part is that most of these birds are ready willing and able to fly! We’ll have several flights from each bird giving you plenty of opportunities capture the birds in flight. We’ll also be able to shoot from multiple angles and make the images you’ve been dreaming about taking. With about 30 species available, you are going to lose your mind at the number of killer shots you bring home!
Afterward, we’ll head to the hotel for a group download and review session. That will give us time to correct any problems that you may have missed while the adrenaline kept your finger on the shutter release!
At first light we will return to the raptor center and will spend the morning photographing the birds of prey.
After an early breakfast (included) we will leave the hotel early in the morning and go in search of the owls. We’ll photograph throughout the morning and then go and grab lunch. We’ll spend some time reviewing the morning session so we can correct any issues that we discover. We will photograph most of the afternoon before heading back to the hotel.
Once back at the hotel we will meet to download and review your images and discuss the photography sessions. There will be planned presentations, but we’ll be focusing on your particular needs as much as possible.
At the end of day six we will travel further north to Algonquin Park and check into our local area hotel where we will base our outings from over the next few days.
We will be up early and head to the park. We will be hoping to find some foggy morning landscapes and with positive thoughts we might get a moose on the bogs. We will continue to drive the park and check some prime locations for Pine Marten, Red Fox and winter woodland birds like Grey Jays, Chickadees, and Blue Jays. These will be full days in the park.
We pack up our bags after breakfast and one final editing session at the hotel. We’ll be heading back to Toronto after the morning shoot and you can either catch a flight after 3 PM or overnight (not included) at the airport.
Inclusions & Exclusions Raptors, Owls and Wildlife Workshop
Included in the Workshop
Shared accommodation for eight nights and nine days, Dinner on day one, Breakfast at hotels each morning for attendees, Airport drop off via airporter or van.
Not Included in the Workshop
Dinners, lunches, Items of personal nature, international airfare, travelers insurance, anything not listed as included.
Equipment and Gear
It can be quite cold, snowy and windy, so bring the appropriate number of layers to keep you happy and warm. The average temperature in February is 28F (-3c). You’ll need a hat, everyone forgets to bring a hat, please bring a warm hat!
Snowy Owls hunt on the wing and so a long lens to track them as they fly silently in search of vols is perfect. When they wheel in towards our cameras with outspread wings, a shorter lens will be your best bet. You’ll have an advantage in this workshop if you carry two camera bodies. Leave your long telephoto (such as a 500mm) lens mounted on a sturdy tripod (gimbal mount recommended). Then have a short telephoto (such as a 70-200mm) lens on the second body to be used handheld. If your kit includes just one camera body, an 80-400mm (Nikon) lens or 100-400mm (Canon) lens is advised.
Your batteries will discharge at nearly twice the normal rate at these temperatures, so bring plenty of batteries. My experience is that the camera never gets an accurate battery reading in winter.
Be sure to top off ALL your batteries EVERY night.
You will take more images than you might expect so be sure you’re loaded up with memory cards.
Ready to Join me Photographing Snowy Owls?
The outcome of joining this workshop is simple to predict, join this workshop and you will take pictures of owls, other birds of prey, mammals and without a doubt; You Will Be Amazed!
So don’t delay register today, click the workshops registration link and you’re on your way!