Workshops, Outtings, & Training
Saturday, November 7, 2015.
I am partnering with Nature's Educators to run a birds-in-flight workshop coming this November! This workshop will include at 8 raptors and will be held in the Denver Metro area. The workshop will be approximately 5 hours long and will include a half hour lecture from Todd explaining how to best photograph birds-in-flight and the necessary camera settings. There will be ample time allotted to photographing the raptors and to ask their handlers any questions about the birds. People of all skill levels are invited, however if you are a novice, please read up on action photography and learn how to set things on your particular brand of camera (continuous auto focus, metering, etc).
The location has now been chosen. This workshop will begin promptly at 7:30 AM MST at Bluff Lake Nature Center, 3400 Havana Way, Denver, CO 80238. The parking lot for Bluff Lake is off Havana and is when you pull into the only entrance. You'll see BIG signs for Bluff Lake as well as partner banners on the fence including the one for Nature's Educators. Once we have everyone gathered, I will give a brief field lecture on camera settings for both stationary portraits and photographing the birds in flight. I will try to also pass along some tips to help increase the odds of getting some spectacular photos. After the lecture, we will begin the shoot with two stationary birds that we will put on a perch and allow time for everyone to get good portrait shots. These birds will not fly for us. Following that, we will have several raptors that we will photograph in flight as our trained falconers will fly them near us several times back and forth between a couple of perches. After each bird flies, there will also be an opportunity to photograph them while stationary. The workshop should end somewhere around 11 o'clock or so. Here is a list of raptors that will be participating in this workshop:
Raptors that will fly for us
Harris's Hawk (team - two birds)
Great Horned Owl
You can see pictures of these raptors and learn their names by going to this Nature's Educators page.
The cost of this workshop is $200 with a $100 deposit required to reserve a spot. One can cancel their reservation within 7 days of the workshop, but after that the deposit is forfeited. Please use the PayPal link below to sign up (either by making the deposit or paying in full). If you'd like to make other payment arrangements, please contact me through my contact page or directly to my email: CO14ers54@gmail.com
Great Horned Owl
Below are photos that I have taken at similar raptor workshops.