I offer photography workshops as well as birding tours (scroll down for more info)


WORKSHOPS

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Ruddy Turnstone1

I am pleased to offer my services as a private bird photography workshop instructor in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.  I have been photographing birds in this area for 10 years, and I am very familiar with the region.  Through my workshops I hope to help you achieve high quality images, specifically of bird species that are hard to photograph without many years of experience and scouting out locations. I focus on you during my workshops and do my best to make sure you get the best images possible.

 


Workshop #2 Boundary Bay Shorebirds

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Type: Preferably one on one

Description

In Vancouver we are so lucky to have Boundary Bay, a very rich ecosystem that is a very important stopover site for migrating shorebirds. Literally millions of shorebirds pass through Boundary Bay every year, but few people get to photograph them because it requires years of scouting and experience to know how to get close to these birds.

On this one day workshop we will focus on photographing migratory shorebirds that are passing through Boundary Bay. Some target species include Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper,  Baird's Sandpiper,  Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper, and Dunlin among many other possible species.  We will likely also get a chance to photograph other species living in this ecosystem such as Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Merlins, Bald Eagles, Cooper's Hawks, Common Yellowthroats, Marsh Wrens, American Pipits, and if we are lucky, others like Horned Larks. Non-migratory shorebirds such as Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers are in the area as well. 

In addition to getting great images of migratory shorebirds, you will also learn techniques on how to get close to these birds, and I will give you tips for what kind of settings to use to capture the best images. I developed these techniques over years of photographing the shorebirds.


Other information

I photograph shorebirds at Boundary Bay using a 400mm lens, but I would say that the longer lens you have the better. Please make sure you have at least a 300mm lens if you wish to do this workshop.

There are various ways to get good photos of the shorebirds at Boundary Bay, and many of these include getting down low on the mudflats. If you are in and willing to do some mud crawling, that is great! If not, more patience may be required, but it is still possible to get good photos. 


What species are possible?

Click here to see a table of possible shorebird species organized by time of year and probability.



Sample images (click to enlarge)

 

TESTIMONIALS

"I had a great afternoon birding in the Boundary Bay with Liron last weekend. Liron knows exactly where to go, find and photograph shorebirds along the vast bay area without wasting time. His knowledge of the area and bird species was very impressive. He is also a great photographer and helped locate good shooting locations and angles, as well as the right way to approach birds. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in capturing fantastic shots of migratory shorebirds that are moving through Boundary Bay at this time."

-September 2014 workshop participant


OTHER SERVICES

Whether you live in the Vancouver area or are travelling to get there, I can be your guide for a day. If you have any target species you would like to photograph or if you simply just want a day of shooting in the field with me, than feel free to contact me. I also can be hired as a birding guide, if you simply want to see some of the amazing species that call the Vancouver area their home!

Pricing

 Pricing varies depending on what service you want,  but will be around $25 an hour.

Pelagic Cormorant

  

Past Workshops 

Workshop #1     Vancouver's Winter Waterfowl - Surf Scoters and more

Surf Scoters


Description

Group size: less than 10 (minimum 3)

Each winter, thousands of waterbirds flock to the Salish Sea region in order to feed during the nonbreeding season. Many of these birds flock right around Vancouver, BC. Among these are large numbers of Surf Scoters, as well as many other beautiful waterfowl species.

During this workshop, we will focus on photographing a variety of  waterbird species that call the Lower Mainland home for the winter. Or main target will be Surf Scoters, but we will also likely get the chance to photograph other species including Harlequin Ducks, White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, Barrow's Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, and many other species. If we are very lucky, other species such as Black Scoter and Canvasback are possible.

I have been photographing these birds for many years, and during this workshop I hope to pass on everything I have learned about photographing Vancouver's winter waterfowl. 

Hooded Merganser (male)


Other information

Workshop duration will be approximately 4 hours. The cost of this group workshop is $45 per person.

The date for this workshop is November 11 2015. As it is Remembrance Day, we will observe a moment of silence at 11:00 AM.


Barrow's Goldeneyes

 

Common Goldeneye