Bird Photography in British Columbia

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 great numbers of raptors in to 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
  • Early Bird Pricing $2995 (Double Occupancy) Until March 1, 2017
  • After March 1, 2017, $3495
Bald Eagle landing on a sand spit in the salmon laden Fraser River

Bald Eagle coming in hot for the salmon – BC Bird Photography Workshop

BC Bird Photography Details

Workshop Dates

Arrive November 26, 2017, before noon – Depart December 2, 2017, after 5 pm

Daily Schedule

Day 1

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 a 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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

As last night, we’ll have an evening editing session and a brief update on tomorrow’s photography.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

We will spend the last morning capturing more eagle images and then depart for the airport.

Schedule your departure after 5 pm from either Vancouver or Abbotsford Airport.

Wood Duck, Aix sponsa. Also called Carolina Duck

 

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.

A rare Golden Eagle takes flight - BC Bird Photography Workshop

A rare Golden Eagle takes flight – BC Bird Photography Workshop

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.

This 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. Do bring your wide angle in case we have time for some landscapes.

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

During the 2016 we photographed these bird species.

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 come fly with the birds in British Columbia?

I could do this over and over again, there were soo many eagles and to be fair 2016 was not a big year. I can’t imagine what it would be like during a booming year, but I’m looking forward to 2017 to have a look! I think you should come along too; You Will Be Amazed!

 

People are Talking About Wildlife Workshops

If you feel that your photographic technique needs help, consider going with Jeff. He will help you with your technique and also will give you pointers about what makes a good picture. I can still hear him say “ears!”. If you want to know why, sign up with him. Plus he knows all the very good restaurants around there. After a light lunch, the nice dinners with our fellow attendees were welcome.
Regis Vincent

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