May 17-23, 2015
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 will also photograph Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds in Rockport and Corpus Christi. We will visit a great place to photograph the 3 species of teal. 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.
Photo workshop May 17-23, 2015
Join Nate Chappell to photograph both nesting waterbirds and specialty birds in South Texas. This workshop includes 3 nights at Santa Clara Ranch and 1 day at Estero Llano State Park photographing South Texas specialties as well as 2 days photographing waterbirds on the Texas coast. We will take a boat trip on the Jack Flash to photograph nesting Roseate Spoonbills, Reddish Egrets and several other species. Back on shore in Rockport there are breeding colonies of Black Skimmer, Tricolored Heron and Laughing Gull. Santa Clara Ranch reliable species include Green Jay, Harris's Hawk, Crested Caracara, Long-billed Thrasher and Black-crested Titmouse. Painted Buntings, Audubon's Orioles, Kiskadees and others should be around this time of year. We usually get a few mammals at the ranch as well. Estero Llano Grande State Park adds more species including Paraque, Least Grebe and Green Kingfisher.
On all workshops 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 3-8, 2015 and 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.
May 17-23: $2,990, single supplement $200. Nonphotographer spouse - call or email for price it depends on activities $900 to $1,800. Includes lodging and about half of the meals.
For all workshops the prices include all lodging, transportation, guiding, instruction, ranch fees. For the March and May workshop it includes about half of your meals. For March or May workshop fly or drive to Corpus Christi, TX on the opening day of the workshop or the night before. Each workshop will start at 3pm on the first day.
Number of participants: Maximum of 4 photographers
Leaders: Nate Chappell and at Santa Clara Ranch Hector Astorga (if we have 4 participants).
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 one Nikon and one Canon lens of about 400mm each that are available to be lent out to participants.
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 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 5th and 6th. 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 of waterbirds and shorebirds around Corpus Christi, TX.
March 16 - Morning of waterfowl photography at the board walk on Mustang Island, TX. Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
Itinerary May 17-23, 2015:
May 17 - Arrival in Corpus Christi, TX and transfer to the Rockport, TX Hampton Inn. Afternoon presentation on photographing birds in the wild.
May 18 - Morning boat trip to photograph breeding spoonbills and herons. After checking out and lunch we will drive to Weslaco, TX. For our afternoon shoot we will visit Estero Llano Grande State Park to photograph Paraque, Least Grebe, Green Kingfisher and others. Hotel: Holiday Inn, Weslaco, TX
May 19 - Morning at Estero Llano Grande State Park. Other species we will look for here include Buff-bellied Hummingbird and Plain Chachalaca. After lunch we will transfer to Santa Clara Ranch (about an hour drive) Afternoon photography in the blinds.
Accommodation for the nights of May 19, 20 and 21st is at the Santa Clara Ranch, which has a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house.
May 20th and 21st - We will have 2 full days of photographing at the ranch. The ranch has several sunken blinds which are very close to waterholes which attract an abundance of wildlife. Green Jays, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, both thrashers, several orioles and many others will be our targets. Hector Astorga, a professional photographer and Nikon shooter, who is the ranch manager will be helping us get the most out of our shoot here. Accommodation: Santa Clara Ranch
May 22nd - One more morning of photographing at the ranch. The ranch also has an excellent raptor blind for flight and up close shots of Harris's Hawk and Crested Caracara. After checking out we will visit drive back to the Corpus Christi area (about 2.5 hours). In the afternoon we will visit onshore rookeries of Tricolored Herons and Black Skimmers in Rockport, TX
May 23rd - Today we will visit the Leonebelle Turnbull Birding Sanctuary in Port Aransas, TX. We will then transfer you to the airport for your return trip home.
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