Winter Wildlife and Birds of Prey Workshop in Ontario
Join Kevin Pepper in beautiful rural Ontario, Canada to shoot the amazing owls and other birds of prey. We have exclusive access to some of the best areas, and local guides that will bring us right to where the owls are, and we will get you in position to get beautiful wildlife imagery. Kevin will instruct both in the classroom and in the field on best practices for wildlife photography, catching the birds in flight, and more. We'll feature image reviews and critiques, as well as post-processing instruction in Lightroom.
You will be captivated by the snowy owls' mesmerizing eyes and witness the stealth flight and the subsequent attack on the unsuspecting voles and rodents they feed upon. I will get you close enough so that you can shoot with lenses from a 70-200mm to fill the entire frame upon attack of their target, to as long as a 500mm telephoto to capture the acrobatic turns and wing action while in flight.
This workshop is designed to give you great opportunities to photograph the owls on some private properties not accessible to the general public. We will also be on some public properties and in Provincial Parks. I will strive to take you to the locations away from the local birders and photographers that line the side of the roads, looking from afar, and assist you with exposure, compensation, metering, focus tracking and more. Winter Owl and Wildlife photography is one of the most challenging conditions you may face, cold winds, blowing snow, but we will make sure you are ready.
Dates: February 25, 2018 to March 3, 2018
Workshop Leader: Kevin Pepper
Price: $3495 plus applicable taxes
Attendees: maximum 5 people will be in attendance
Included: Airport pickup and drop off, transportation, single accommodation, breakfast each day, entrance fees, park fees, guiding services.
Not Included: Airfare to get you to the workshop, extra days before of after workshop, dinner, items of personal nature, anything not listed as included
Photos From Previous Years
If you have to arrive before the workshop: You'll fly into Toronto on or before Saturday February 24, 2018. You should stay at the Sheridan Gateway Terminal 3 right at the Toronto Airport this first night.
February 25, 2018: I will pick you up at the hotel at 9am and drive you to our first photograph session that will go from 1pm to 4pm. For these three hours we will be photographing birds in flight and static images in natural settings. The species will include, but limited to; Great Grey Owls, Male Snowy Owls, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagle, and a variety of falcons and other species.
After of session we will head north to our next location.
Stay in Barrie, Ontario.
February 26, 2018: Our day generally begins at 7:00am, when we head out to a variety of exclusive areas where we expect the owls to be. We will spend each morning shooting as much as we can! Of course the focus is on snowys but we may get lucky and find some barred owls or other birds. We will take a midday break for lunch at a local restaurant, and prepare for our afternoon shoot, which can be a repeat of the morning if the owls were cooperative, or we may go to one of our many other locations. At the end of a long day, we head back to our hotel for some rest, dinner and critiques, working on images, and post-processing instruction.
Stay in Barrie, Ontario
February 27, 2018: Our day generally begins at 7:00am, when we head out to a variety of exclusive areas where we expect the owls to be. We will spend each morning shooting as much as we can! Of course the focus is on snowys but we may get lucky and find some barred owls or other birds. We will take a midday break for lunch at a local restaurant, and prepare for our afternoon shoot, which can be a repeat of the morning if the owls were cooperative, or we may go to one of our many other locations.
After our day with the owls we will stop for a late day photoshoot with the Trumpeter Swans that winter in this area.
Stay in Huntsville, Ontario
February 28, 2018: Our day generally begins at 7:00am, when we head out to Algonquin Park. Today we will be photographing a variety of species such as Red Fox, Pine Marten, Evening Grosbeak, Redpoll and Grey Jays. We will spend the day in the park from early morning till late in the day, stopping for lunch.
Stay in Huntsville, Ontario
March 1, 2018: We will have an early start again and head back into the Park for a morning of photography of Red Fox, Pine Marten, Evening Grosbeak, Redpoll and Grey Jays.
In the afternoon, we will either head east to the wintering areas of Great Grey Owls if they have returned as they did in 2017. If they have not returned, we will return to our Snowy Owl area. You will either be photographing Great Grey Owls this afternoon or more Snowy Owls.
Hotel will either be in near Ottawa of back in Barrie.
March 2, 2018: Today we will have an early morning again. Our day will either be photographing Great Grey Owls or more Snowy Owls.
Hotel will either be in Kingston or in Barrie depending on what species we will be photographing.
March 3. 2018: Departure day. Plan your departures as early as 11am.
Your deposit of $1,000 will hold your space. Final payment of $2,495 will be due not later than November 1, 2017. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.
This is an amazing opportunity to photograph some of the most beautiful avian predators on our planet with a complement of other species that call this area home. Click the "Contact Me!" button and we'll see you in the great white north!