There is now an additional tour in 2020 for Spoonbills: January 25-26. Would you like to join? Whoever signs up for both a Spoonbill (January 25-26 or May 2-3) and an Osprey tour (Mar 28-29) gets a $300 discount on the Osprey one.
The image above is a rare capture of a take off in the making. This is the moment the bird first lifts its wing for the first powerful wing-beat that will make it airborne. I am really happy with the symmetry on this one. Take offs tend to be among the hardest action shots… They are very difficult to capture and frame well without good anticipation. It starts with being able to recognize some of the signs that the bird is likely to take off, then it takes good synchronization with the bird movement and last one needs to move the focus point accordingly… On the latter, it helps to move the focus a notch or two down from the central point!
The early breeding season, late January to early March, is when the breeding colors are at their brightest. The January tour is well timed to create this type of images.
In May, the first newly fledged birds come out. The Juvenile Spoonbills are actually quite cute and display full feathers on their head with a paler pink on the wings.
March 28th-29th 2020 / limit 5 people – 2 openings
3 boat rides on a pristine cypress trees lake. Many nests are at eye level, allowing shooting from up close in a natural habitat. No big lens needed! An ideal setup for beginners… 2 working lunch sessions with lunch included. $300 deposit. If you also sign up for a Spoonbill tour you are entitled to a $300 discount on this tour. Send me an email at email@example.com
January 22nd-23rd 2020 / limit 6 people – 5 openings
February 22nd-23rd 2020 / limit 6 people – Full
May 2nd-3rd 2020 / limit 6 people – 1 opening
2 working lunches and 3 boat rides to the absolute best rookery to photograph spoonbills with breeding colors. $250 deposit. Breeding colors are a bit more intense in February, while May is likely to have new fledglings in the open. Also sign up for the Osprey tour and get a $300 discount on the Osprey one. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org