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Texas Birding 2016 Now Open

Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.
Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to the private photo blinds of south Texas in 2016 for a small-group instructional photo safari. This trip includes private blind access on two ranches, double-occupancy lodging for four nights, and all meals.

Reserve your spot before July 31st, 2015 and get a discounted early-bird rate.

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Photo of the day: Black-crested titmouse

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I’m back after another trip to my favorite birding destination, the private ranches of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  A group of photographers joined me for three days of photographing birds from private photo blinds. By using the blinds, we not only got close to the birds, but we had perfect “studio” settings to photograph them in!

This black-crested titmouse is probably only 4-5 inches in length, and yet we were able to get great close-up shots of it. For this image, I used my Nikon D810 and 500mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens with TC-14EIII teleconverter. The 36 megapixel D810 allowed me to crop the image without sacrificing detail.

I’m already putting in my plans to photograph in Texas next year. If you’re interested, please become a member of my workshops group so that you’ll be the first to know when the trip is announced. I only have space for six photographers, so you’ll want to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

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Bird photography is probably one of the most challenging activities for a nature photographer to tackle. I started out like most people, trying to take a photo of a bird in a tree with a short (200mm) telephoto lens. When I look at my old photos, I sometimes have to squint to see the bird in them! Now I’m very happy with my bird photography, and as you’ll see it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of luck to really get a dynamic bird photo. I recently presented a live online webinar on bird photography, during which I shared some of my favorite photos and shared camera settings and tips on gear and processing. If you have some free time, I hope you can check it out.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.

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Just announced: Florida Space Coast Birding Safari

Join me in Florida for some warm weather and fantastic birding April 12-15, 2015.
Join me in Florida for some warm weather and fantastic birding April 12-15, 2015.

Join me in Florida, April 12-16, 2015 for a Space Coast Birding adventure!

We will visit three fantastic birding locations during this trip:

  • Viera Wetlands
  • Merritt Island NWR
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm

The workshop is limited to 8 photographers, and includes an annual photo pass to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. We’ll also be sure to stop in at the most awesome Dixie Crossroads restaurant in Titusville to have rock shrimp!

RSVP by February 13, 2015

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Registration open for Texas Birding 2015

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Join me May 14-18, 2015 for the South Texas Birding Experience, an all-inclusive trip to photograph birds up-close from professionally maintained, private blinds. If you want to get frame-filling photographs of smaller birds, this is the trip for you. It’s also a great place to see some uncommon species, like green jays, caracara, and pyrrhuloxia. Here’s a look at some of the shots from the 2104 trip.

This photo safari is limited to five participants so you get maximum over the shoulder support, both in the field and back at the ranch. Speaking of the ranch, our air-conditioned lodging is only minutes away from the shooting sites, and we’ll get home-cooked meals every day, along with an afternoon happy hour to refresh you after a long day in the blinds.

Spots for this trip fill up fast, so if you’re interested, please go here for the full details and to reserve your spot now!

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