March 11-16, 2016
Photo workshop March 11-16, 2016: Join Nate Chappell to photograph Whooping Cranes and a lot of other great birds near the Texas coast. We will have 2 boat trips aboard the Jack Flash to photograph Whooping Cranes, breeding Great Blue Herons and a lot of other waterbirds. We also photograph Sandhill and Whooping Cranes from vehicles and blinds on private property where they come daily. We will also photograph waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds in Rockport and Corpus Christi. We will spend 2 half days and 1 full day Santa Clara Ranch in South Texas for specialties such as Harris's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Green Jay, Long-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia and many others. We will have one afternoon photographing other South Texas specialties such as Common Pauraque and Least Grebe at Estero Llano Grande State Park.
Nate will provide in field instruction and answer any photographic questions that you may have. Nate will also be giving digital presentations on photographing birds in the wild and technical photography discussions featuring his images. In the evenings we will do some image review and critique of photos for whoever wishes to participate.
Cost and logistics:
March 11-16, 2016: $2,950, single supplement $200. Nonphotographer spouse - call or email for price it depends on activities. $600 to $1,200. Deposit required is $500. Includes lodging and while at Santa Clara Ranch meals also.
The price includes all lodging, transportation, guiding, instruction, ranch fees. It includes all of your meals while at Santa Clara Ranch and most breakfasts. It does not include transportation to get to the start of the workshop (flights etc) and other meals.
Number of participants: Maximum of 4 photographers
Leaders: Nate Chappell for the full workshop and at Santa Clara Ranch Hector Astorga.
Equipment needed: The longer the lens the more opportunities you will have. However at the ranch in particular many of the subjects are quite close. The minimum size lens that you would want to have would be 300mm. We have several lenses available to be rented out for a modest fee.
Itinerary March 11-16, 2016:
March 11 - Arrival in Corpus Christi, TX. Transfer to the Rockport, TX Hampton Inn. Afternoon presentation on bird photography.
March 12 - Spend the morning photographing Whooping Cranes and other waterbirds from a boat designed for photography. Spend the afternoon photographing Whooping and Sandhill Cranes on private property in Lamar, TX and shorebirds in Rockport, TX Hotel: Hampton Inn, Rockport, TX.
March 13 - Morning photographing Whooping Cranes and other waterbirds from the Jack Flash boat. Midday transfer to Santa Clara Ranch. Afternoon of photography from blinds at Santa Clara Ranch. Accommodation at Santa Clara Ranch March March 13th and 14th. Santa Clara Ranch has a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. Depending on who signs up you may need to share a room with another photographer at Santa Clara. The single supplement is for the other portion of the workshop.
March 14 - Full day of photography at Santa Clara Ranch
March 15 - Morning of photography at Santa Clara Ranch. Afternoon transfer to a nice hotel in Corpus Christi, TX. Afternoon photography at Estero Llano Grande State Park. This is another great spot for South Texas specialteis such as Common Pauraque and Least Grebe. Then drive to hotel in Corpus Christi, TX.
March 16 - Morning of waterfowl photography at the board walk on Mustang Island, TX. This is a great place to get close to all 3 species of teal in the winter. Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
Contact: Nate Chappell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-778-1486 with questions or to sign up for the workshop.
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