Specific Species Workshops

These workshops are a unique opportunity to get out in the field to learn and photograph wildlife with me and target a specific species.  If you have had a difficult time finding and photographing certain birds or have just never really tried but wanted to photograph a specific species these workshops should be an ideal fit. Each workshop is tailored to find a specific species but there is always and often a chance to photograph additional species. While the main goal is to get you photos of the target species I will also be teaching you everything I can to give you the skills and knowledge to capture great photos on your own in the future.  I love teaching photography and want you to walk away with knowledge as well as great photos.

Here is how it works.  Below is a list of species along with a date range that I can usually find and photograph them, along with the general location. Check the list for any species you are hoping to photograph and you can book an outing with me for any time within the date range. I have many outings where I get the target and walk away with photos to share but of course with wildlife there are times that I go after a target and do not find or get any good photos. If this happens on an outing with me you will not have to pay.  I'll be shooting along with you and will be there to help guide you to get great photos as well as answer any questions you may have. 

These workshops can be reserved for 1-3 people and each is up to 3 hours long.  There is no deposit required for reserving these workshop and you will pay at the end of the workshop once we are successful in photographing the target species. Travel up to 1 hour from my home in Clementon, NJ is included, farther locations will have an additional travel fee of $25/hour that will be quoted when booking.

  • 1 person - $200
  • 2 people - $175/person
  • 3 people - $150/person
Whitetail Deer Bucks
Oct
22
to Nov 30

Whitetail Deer Bucks

Join me to photograph the impressive whitetail bucks of this southern New Jersey park.  You will likely get some close proximity encounters as these bucks chase the female deer around the park and mostly ignore us.  

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Roseate Spoonbills in Flight Workshop
Jan
13
to Feb 23

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight Workshop

  • Eastern Central Florida (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An incredibly beautiful yet odd looking wading bird, join me photographing Roseate Spoonbills in flight as they go to and from their nesting rookery in Florida. This workshop is available for either morning or evenings, both are great for flight shots. There are also many other wading bird species available at the same location. 

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Frogs Workshop
Jun
15
to Aug 15

Frogs Workshop

Join me to photograph these odd and fun critters in a small pond.  It's generally an easy shoot as long as you are comfortable laying on your stomach for a while and staying relatively motionless.  I'll provide a mat to keep you dry and clean.  We'll try to get them out of the water as well as just eyes peeking out through the surface.  The occasional turtle may show up too. 

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Marsh Wren Workshop
Jun
10
to Aug 10

Marsh Wren Workshop

Such a loud voice for such a tiny bird, Marsh Wrens can be so much fun to spend time with. Finding and photographing them in the dense marsh can be challenging but when they show themselves the scenery can be gorgeous.

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Black Skimmer Workshop
Jun
1
to Aug 15

Black Skimmer Workshop

With their unique look and fishing behavior Black Skimmers are a favorite to photograph.  They are also incredibly challenging which is always fun.  Join me at a colony to photograph them sitting around and hopefully skimming.

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Least Tern Workshop
May
20
to Jun 30

Least Tern Workshop

A badass looking small tern these fast birds breed along the New Jersey shore.  Early in the season they can be captured performing courtship rituals, as they hand fish to each other.  Later in the season you can photograph the adults feeding the chicks.

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Red Knot Workshop
May
15
to May 26

Red Knot Workshop

  • Southern New Jersey Coast (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Only arriving for a short window of time the Red Knot is a gorgeous shorebird that can be photographed along the southern New Jersey shore.  Witnessing the spectacle of the shorebird migration all feasting on horseshoe crab eggs is very impressive. 

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Hooded Warbler Workshop
May
4
to May 31

Hooded Warbler Workshop

The Hooded Warbler features a gorgeous black Hood masked over a vibrant yellow color as its namesake suggests.  Join me to see these warblers that can be found in a wide range.  Optional Locations in southern NJ with no travel fee (earlier in the season) or south-eastern New York (later in the season) which requires a $75 travel fee.

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Red-eyed Vireo Workshop
May
1
to May 31

Red-eyed Vireo Workshop

  • North western New Jersey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Red-eyed Vireo features bright red eyes as its name suggest.  It's a medium sized songbird that can often be cooperative for photography in mountainous areas.  A travel fee of $75 is required for this workshop.

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American Redstart Workshop
May
1
to Jun 3

American Redstart Workshop

One of the few darker colored warblers the American Redstart is a gorgeous bird. With a very different looking female of the species which is also a pretty bird. They are quite the hyper species as well with often erratic movements and lots of flashes of orange. A $75 travel fee is required for this workshop.

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Northern Parula Workshop
May
1
to Jul 4

Northern Parula Workshop

A gorgeous warbler with a striking yellow throat and slate blue back with patches rust color the Northern Parula is a wonderful bird with a great buzzy call! Join me to seek out this often elusive species in southern New Jersey.

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Clapper Rail Workshop
May
1
to Jul 31

Clapper Rail Workshop

  • Southern New Jersey Shore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A very secretive marsh bird the Clapper Rail is very often heard but not seen. I have found a few places where they are visible quite often and provide great opportunities for photos of them.  They do require some work to get to the locations but it can be very worth it. 

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Worm-eating Warbler Workshop
May
1
to May 20

Worm-eating Warbler Workshop

  • Southern-Northern New Jersey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Another subtly colored warbler but still beautiful when viewed close up is the Worm-eating Warbler.  They can be found migrating through southern New Jersey earlier in May and later in May in northern New Jersey where they breed.

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Prairie Warbler Workshop
May
1
to Jun 9

Prairie Warbler Workshop

  • Southern/Central New Jersey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me to spend some time with these striking little yellow and black warblers with a wonderful song.  Prairie Warblers are somewhat common and easy to find in the right habitat.  Thankfully they like to hang in low brush which makes them somewhat easier to photograph then other warbler species. 

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American Oystercatcher Workshop
Apr
25
to Jul 21

American Oystercatcher Workshop

  • Southern/Central New Jersey Coast (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A unique shorebird with an instantly recognizable beak the American Oystercatcher is a favorite among wildlife photographers.  There are many places to find these birds but a few of them provide outstanding opportunities to photograph them.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron Workshop
Apr
20
to Jul 20

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Workshop

A sharp looking wading species that can easily be found at a local rookery.  Here we will concentrate on photographing them in flight as well as perched on the top of trees in the beautiful morning sun. Earlier in the season you can capture nest building, later in the season you can capture the juvenile birds.

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Black-crowned Night Heron Workshop
Apr
20
to Jul 20

Black-crowned Night Heron Workshop

A unique wading species that can easily be found at a local rookery.  Here we will concentrate on photographing them in flight as well as perched on the top of trees in the beautiful morning sun. Earlier in the season you can capture nest building, later in the season you can capture the juvenile birds.

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Ovenbird Workshop
Apr
20
to May 20

Ovenbird Workshop

  • Southern-Northern New Jersey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An oddly named warbler but they are wonderful with their little orange mohawks and streaked black and white breast.  They are also one of the loudest birds to be found in the forests of New Jersey.

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Pine Warbler Workshop
Apr
10
to Jul 4

Pine Warbler Workshop

  • Southern/Central New Jersey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of the earliest arriving warblers in spring the Pine Warbler is a subtle yellow color that blends in nicely with the forest.  They can be found in many places in a wide variety of habitat so you will have a choice of locations to find them.

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