• Bald eagle vocalizing
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Black Oystercatcher
  • Western Bluebird
  • Sandhill Cranes

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Bird photography workshops by a photographer and birder. (Tim teaches shorebird identification classes for Audubon chapters.) Tim teaches, you shoot, practice and learn. Click on Workshops in the menu bar above to get to the full list of workshops offered.

Tufted Puffins & Birds of the Salish Sea - We'll go to one of the only spots left to photograph Tufted Puffins in the San Juan Islands. This two-day workshop is scheduled to take advantage of the summer weather we have in late July and timed for when the Tufted Puffins are feeding their chicks. Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, and Rhinoceros Auklets are the main targets. There are also other possibilities like; Great Blue Herons, and all three cormorant species (Brandt's, Pelagic and Double-crested), Black Oystercatcher, Caspian Tern, Turkey Vulture, Western Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Bald Eagles, and a variety of gulls.  We'll be in a chartered 30-foot boat that sits lower in the water than the other/larger sightseeing boats.  This means you'll get better images on this workshop then if you go on a big boat.  We’ll leave the dock early in the morning so we can have morning light on the birds. After the morning shooting session we’ll return to have lunch, then in the afternoon, there will be an image review/post processing session. Lodging and meals are not included; bring water and snacks since we’ll be out on the boat for over 6 hours.

Birds of Nome & the Seward Peninsula - Nome and the surrounding Seward Peninsula is rich in bird life during the summer months. Birds come from all over the world to mate and raise their young on the open tundra. Bar-tailed Godwits come from New Zealand, Pacific Golden Plovers, Wandering Tattlers, Ruddy Turnstones and other birds come from Hawaii, and Northern Wheatears come all the way from Africa. Then there are the rare birds that cross the Baring and Chukchi Seas, such as Bluethroat and Easter Yellow Wagtail. Toss is a varied selection of ducks, loons, terns, shorebirds and other songbirds and all of a sudden it just becomes a bird photographers paradise. This is a full five-day workshop; there are 21 hours of light to shoot in, so the challenge isn’t what to shoot, it’s when to sleep. We’ll have five morning and five afternoon-evening shooting sessions. This workshop is limited to 3 workshop participants. More images from this workshop can be found in the Galleries tab, then scroll down to Workshop Images and click on the Nome Workshop folder.

Flash For Bird Photographers - Learn everything necessary and master Off-Camera Flash for Bird Photography. We'll cover: Popup Flash, Setting up TTL Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, High-Speed Sync, Controlling the Flash Unit from the Cameras LCD Screen, Best Rechargeable Batteries for your shooting style, Flash Extenders, Off-Camera Flash Cords and Brackets, CTO gels, Wired 0ff-Camera Flash, Optical Flash Communication, Radio Flash Communication, Soft Boxes and Diffusers for Bird Photography, Controlling the Ambient Light, and how to use the flash unit to Enhance Auto Focusing in Low Light Situations. This workshop is limited to 6 participants so you'll get a lot of personalized attention, it's an 8-hour class with a lunch break, and will be held on location - outdoors so everything you learn you'll also practice throughout the day!