Waterfowl Ducks in Natural Habitat Northwest Ohio
Dates: February through early April, call or email for availability.
Fee: $300.00 includes one morning or afternoon session in the field. A full day can be reserved for $500.00 with a break at mid day.
Target Group Size:
From: Oregon, Ohio
Leader: Brian Zwiebel
Why join the Waterfowl in Natural Habitat Workshop? Northwest Ohio is home to numerous waterfowl species during spring migration. Participants will be led to the best locations on any given day to photograph waterfowl in the marshes and lakes of NW Ohio. Make no mistake; this workshop is not about photographing birds in the sterile environments of your average duck pond or zoo. It is about entering the birds’ natural environment and working hard to blend in with that environment to get close to normally wary species on their terms. The inclusion of cattails and other marsh plants can add much to your compositions of wild waterfowl.
The sights and sounds of the marsh at pre-dawn are a spectacle to behold. Geese, swans and ducks calling to announce their presence. Wings whistle as divers glide in to settle on the water. Slowly the scene begins to brighten and the visual over takes the other senses. A variety of waterfowl will be seen swimming, flying, diving, feeding and displaying.
The leader will work extremely hard to get you into the right position to make the best images possible. But this workshop is about more than getting close to your subject. You will learn how to use the light and wind angles to your advantage. You will learn how to transport your expensive camera gear in relative safety and gain the knowledge, experience and confidence to attempt this type of photography on your own. Participants will learn techniques to successfully capture action images as well as see first-hand the benefits of water level shooting for capturing intimate portraits of the ducks in their natural habitat.
Travel considerations: From Oregon, Ohio
Equipment: Bring your longest telephoto lens and matching teleconverters
for this workshop. A 400mm lens will be enough length for some
opportunities but a 500mm or greater will offer more frame filling
Bring your tripod, hand holding is really not a viable option as there may be no
place to set your lens down for a rest. Chest waders are
mandatory for this workshop as we enter the water to join the ducks in their
domain. A shorter lens may come in handy for silhouetted flock in
flight shots in the pre-dawn or for shooting marsh scenes to fully document your
a matter of course everyone should consider insuring their valuable photographic
equipment. This goes doubly so for anyone who works in
and around water with their gear. I have never had a major
incident while working in the water but I have dropped a cell phone
and had a close call or two with a teleconverter.
Rand Insurance has a reasonable plan for NANPA
members, check the benefits page.
activity will be mostly unavoidable. Wading in thigh to waist
deep water with thick mud under foot is very tiring, aerobic fitness is desired
for this type of activity. Some situations may
require departing a small boat onto a rocky shoreline but will require little
additional walking. Being nimble on your feet is a big plus
for this type of outing. If you have knee or back
problems, or otherwise have difficulty with off-trail walking while carrying
your camera equipment, then this workshop may not be for you.
Likely Species on the NW Ohio Waterfowl Workshop – Special effort will be made to seek out the species you most desire.
Detailed Itinerary will be
provided upon further request or upon confirming a reservation. Do
communicate any specific wishes or goals you may have. The
timing of your workshop will determine what species and locations are most
Click here to download the Registration and Terms and Conditions Forms.
The deposit amount along with
the completed registration and terms and conditions forms are required to
reserve your spot on the tour. You may pay via personal check or money
order to the below address or via PayPal to email@example.com.
Make checks payable to:
8810 Cedar Point Rd.
Oregon, Ohio 43616
here to download the Waiver Form.
The signed Waiver Form along with the remainder of the balance is due at least 30 days prior to the first day of the tour unless other arrangements are worked out in advance.
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