WATERFOWL PHOTOGRAPHY on the EASTERN SHORE
Concentration on photographing ducks (including sea ducks) on the Eastern Shore (Maryland and Delaware)
At some locations, you will have hundreds of ducks at close range (literally, at your feet!)
Boundless opportunities for flight shots as well as water-level portraits
All transportation including during the workshop period
Small Group (maximum of 4 participants)
Expert and Engaging Instruction
Large variety of waterfowl species to photograph - Canvasback, Redhead, Scaup, Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Geese, Tundra Swan, Black Duck, Shoveler, Pintail, Goldeneye, Mergansers, Scoters, Eiders, Razorbill and more
Other species that we will likely encounter - Bald Eagle (abundant), Short-eared Owl, Purple Sandpiper, Northern Harrier, Snowy Owl (in some years)
WHAT TO EXPECT
We will spend two nights in Cambridge, MD where we will spend time intensely photographing ducks on the Choptank River and all kinds of waterfowl at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. You will be amazed at how close you will be to hundreds of ducks on the Choptank River (see one of the photos above). Here (although completely optional), you may want to don chest waders in order to photograph at water-level (eye-level with the ducks). If you choose not to do this you can sit comfortably, at the edge of the river, on the rocks or in a chair/stool or stand. At Blackwater NWR, you will likely have the opportunity to photograph a large flock of snow geese, tundra swans, ducks and lots of bald eagles.
We will spend our third night in Rehoboth Beach, DE (some years, it may be Barnegat, NJ) where will photograph sea ducks along the coastline and around some of the inlets. While here we may, in some years, have excellent opportunities to photograph short-eared owls or snowy owls.
Although you can get away with a 300mm lens at the Choptank River, you will want a 500mm or 600mm for all other locations. You should also bring along any tele-extenders that you may have. Make sure you also bring along plenty of memory cards because you will take more pictures than you ever have before. At times, the action can be non-stop at these locations.
If you like to photograph birds (especially ducks)…this is as amazing an experience as you will ever have!
The itinerary is subject to change and may be adjusted at any time in order to take advantage of certain weather or photographic conditions. One of my goals is to provide you with the best possible photographic opportunities. This means that I may need to adapt our schedule based on weather, light, wildlife behavior and my local knowledge.
We will meet at noon, have lunch together and then proceed to photograph at the Choptank River. We will likely eat dinner together after the sun sets. Lodging will be in Cambridge, MD.
We will depart before sunrise and the morning will be spent photographing at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. We will take a short break during the middle of the day where you will also have the opportunity to review images together. The afternoon will be spent back at the Choptank River to photograph ducks in perfect light. Lodging will be in Cambridge, MD.
Again, we will depart before sunrise, but our morning destination will be determined the night before based upon photographic conditions and participant interest. In the middle of the day we will convoy over to Delaware. The afternoon will be spent photographing sea ducks along the coast.
After a pre-sunrise departure, we will photograph sea ducks along the coast. We will finish the trip by 10 am.
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February 2-5, 2020
Workshop Fee: $825
Limited to 4 Participants
From the start of the workshop, all of the following are included:
Extensive and Expert Instruction
Entrance Fees and Required Permits
Airfare/transportation to the workshop/tour location
Lodging - Lodging options will be provided upon registration
Travel Insurance - Travel Insurance is recommended
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PHYSICAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment. Most travelling is undertaken on vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and may involve some very moderate walking. This particular trip involves minimal walking. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this tour.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
To register for most workshops you have the option of initially only paying a deposit. If you choose this option, the remaining balance is due 90 days before the start of the workshop. If you would like to set up an installment plan, please contact me.
A deposit is a commitment, on your part, that you will be participating on a photography tour/workshop. These deposits are generally used well in advance of the workshop to cover various expenses. Because of this, deposits are non-refundable or may be subject to a cancellation fee.
MORE THAN 180 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF A WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited. If your spot is filled, your deposit will be refunded.
90-180 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF THE WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited and you will be billed for 50% of workshop fee (minus the deposit paid). If your spot is filled, your deposit and all fees will be refunded.
LESS THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF THE WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited and you will be billed the full workshop fee (minus the deposit paid). if your spot is filled, your deposit and all fees will be refunded.
It is extremely rare that I have to cancel a workshop. If I am forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire tuition will be refunded or transferred to another workshop. The only conditions that might lead to cancelling a workshop would be; dangerous or unsafe conditions, a family emergency (but I can usually find a substitute leader) or under-enrollment. A forecast of “bad” weather is not enough to cancel a workshop. Inclement weather often creates spectacular photographic conditions.
Mark Buckler and Mark Buckler Photography are not responsible for refunding any costs associated with the workshop (including the workshop fee), travel, lodging, or incidental losses in the event a workshop is cancelled or you back out for any reason. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you acquire travel insurance.