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SOLD OUT - Night Herons in Flight - with 4 Instructors!

  • Ocean City NJ Welcome Center 300 West 9th Street Ocean City, NJ, 08226 United States (map)


A special group outing with 4 great instructors on hand to help you get the best bird-in-flight photos.  Learn how to capture sharp bird-in-flight photos or improve upon your existing bird-in-flight skills.  You will have plenty of practice at the Ocean City, NJ Welcome Center Heron Rookery with both Black and Yellow-crowned Night Herons flying all around you.  The Welcome Center provides an easily accessed and comfortable location to view and photograph hundreds of Night Herons nesting at near eye level.  This time of year there should be young in the nests so the parents will be busy flying in and out to provide food for their young which will provide you with many opportunities to hone your bird-in-flight techniques.

This outing will combine the wildlife photography skills of Scott Keys, Santosh Shanmuga, Mark Strohl and Ray Hennessy who will all be on hand to help you learn what can be a very difficult type of bird photography.  The group of instructors is experienced with both Nikon and Canon systems to help suggest proper settings and techniques.  

What to Expect:

  • Hundreds of Black and Yellow-crowned Night Herons will be the main subject but often seen are Glossy Ibis, Snowy and Great Egrets, and occasional passes from Osprey, Little Blue Herons and Tri-colored Herons as well as other shorebirds found in the area.

  • Sunrise is at 5:30am so a 5:15 arrival will allow you to get set up for the first rays of sunshine.  If the forecast if overcast skies the start time may be pushed back later.
  • There will also be plenty of opportunity to photograph birds perched and possibly a chance to photograph young in the nest if it happens to be visible.

  • You can park right in the visitors center parking lot which is on the bridge and causeway entering Ocean City, NJ.  We will be photographing from the walkway right next to the parking lot so it is very easy access.  If you are shorter there is a medium height railing that requires shooting over so a small step or stool to stand on can be helpful. 


  • Lenses from 300mm-600mm are recommended
  • A Tripod or Monopod for supporting your lens for a long period of time.  If you are able to hand-hold your setup that will be just fine for this outing.
  • Bring bug spray for the chance there is little or no wind.  Most often there is a breeze which keeps the bugs away so they are usually not an issue. 
  • Bring a step, stool or something to lift you up if you are shorter.

What we will Provide:

  • Tips and suggestions on how best to photograph birds in flight including camera settings, specifically auto-focus settings, and lens holding/panning techniques to achieve great bird-in-flight photographs.
  • If you use Canon or Nikon systems and only have a shorter lens you will have the option to attach your camera to one of our 500mm f/4 lenses for a short period. Our lenses will be mounted to tripods with gimbal heads which are great for bird-in-flight photography and it will give you a chance to try one of these systems out.
  • Suggestions for lighting and composition based on the weather
  • We will be happy to answer any photography questions you may have
  • The fee includes instruction for 2 hours. 5:15am arrival, 5:30 setup for photography until 7:30am. If it's a clear day then usually the light begins to get rather harsh a few hours after sunrise. You of course are more then welcome to stay past that on your own.
  • A $10 deposit is required to reserve your spot and the balance will be due on the day of the event paid by cash or credit.
  • There is no rain date for this event so it will only be cancelled for rain in which case your deposit will be refunded.

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