BIRDS and BATS in southern Arizona
April 29 - May 2, 2021
This is a very unique workshop in which you will be able to photograph bats in flight at night as well as hummingbirds, owls, and a huge number of beautiful and exotic birds, many of which are at close range. You will learn the technical side of high-speed photography using an electric beam, and Jim will discuss his strategy for capturing birds in flight during the day. The staging area is Green Valley, Arizona, about a half hour by car south of Tucson. The two photo locations we will be using are an artificial pond in the Sonora Desert as well as nearby Madera Canyon which is known for its phenomenal bird life. During the workshop, you will also be able to photograph a number of native species of reptiles such as rattlesnakes (at a safe distance and under strict control), tortoises, bearded dragons, and more. This workshop is limited to six participants.
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Day 1, April 29:
Fly or drive to Tuscon, Arizona and arrive on this day. Our hotel is in Green Valley which is 26 miles south of Tuscon. You can rent a car or take Uber to the hotel (a car rental will give you maximum flexibility during the workshop). Meet in the lobby of the hotel at 5:30 pm for an orientation to the workshop in which Jim will explain the procedure for capturing bats and owls in flight at night as well as birds in flight during the day. This will be followed by a group dinner. Overnight Best Western Green Valley Inn.
Days 2 - 4, April 30 to May 2
During these four days, there will be two-night sessions where we photograph bats drinking on the wing (and we might possibly capture birds drinking in flight as well such as the common poorwill), plus we will spend one night working to capture a screech owl in flight at night. Our days will be devoted to photographing dozens of bird species such as the Mexican jay, blue grosbeak, roadrunners, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and more. We will have a session photographing some of the unique reptiles of the Sonoran desert including a Gila monster, rattlesnakes, and bearded dragons, and with the carefully designed hummingbird set up, you will be able to take stop-action shots of several species who are not shy at all. In the clear, dry desert you might also want to photograph the night sky including the stunning Milky Way. Jim will show you how to get the best results.At 12 noon on May 2, the workshop is finished and we will head back to Tucson.
Workshop fee: $2450. Includes five nights lodging, access to the hummingbird setup, the electronic setup at the pond, best photo locations at the feeders, the reptile shoot, and the welcome dinner as well as all breakfasts.
Single supplement: $200
Not included: Airfare to Tuscon, ground transportation, all lunches, all dinners except the welcome dinner, items of a personal nature, trip insurance.