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There are a very limited number of private workshops available with award-winning avian photographer Scott Bourne.

Southwest Florida is chock full of avian wildlife. Each winter, thousands of birds descend on Florida to soak up the sun and warm temperatures and to breed. Amazing photographs are there to be had if you have the right guide, know where and when to go, and are prepared with the right amount of information to succeed.

For the first time in five years, Scott Bourne is leading his private workshops in Florida. In 2010, Scott will lead six private, three day/two night workshops. You’ll meet your instructor at Noon in Fort Myers, FL on day one and the workshop will end with a late dinner at the end of day three, followed by return to your pickup location.

Fee: $1950 includes food, hotel and transportation (including one day on a private boat) from Fort Myers, FL. NOTE: Airfare to and from Florida is your responsibility. You may add a second person to the tour and split the fee for an additional $475.00. (A significant portion of the fee on this workshop goes toward hiring the boat and skipper.)

Private mentoring means you get all of the attention. You get exclusive access to the instructor, and your issues are the only issues that matter. You get all the good shots.. You get all the information. You get the best chance of success. Nothing will be held back. You’ll visit all the secret spots, get the best advice available, and come away with portfolio-worthy images.

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Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

About Southwest Florida

We’ll concentrate our workshop in several areas from as far south as Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to as far north as Brandon, FL. In between we’ll visit spots like Venice Rookery, Estero Lagoon, and Sanibel Fishing Pier. Almost all of these spots is among the top 200 birding “Hot Spots” in North America.

We’ll spend one entire day on a pontoon boat visiting areas that are inaccessible to most bird photographers. We’ll also be sure to visit the peak spots at the peak times.

Some of the species we can expect to encounter include, but are not limited to:

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Reddish Egret Dark Morph
Reddish Egret White Morph
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Tricolored Heron
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron White Morph
Great White Heron
Brown Pelican
Roseate Spoonbill
Wilsons Plover
Burrowing Owl
White Pelican
Black Crested Night Heron
Palm Warbler
Red Winged Blackbird
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Common Moorhen

Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

Making Great Bird Photos

If you’ve ever seen Scott Bourne’s bird images and said, “I’d like to make photos like that,” here’s your chance. Southwest Florida is a birding Mecca. During the winter months, there’s no place in North America that can offer as many species as Southwest Florida. And what’s better yet, the birds are very tame and very accessible.

You’ll get guaranteed great shots because nowhere else are the birds as habituated to human contact as they are in Florida. Great, Snowy and Reddish Egrets alike may fly to within 20 feet of us while we’re working in the lagoons.

And through it all, you’ll receive Scott’s experienced guide service and one-on-one photo instruction. For three days, you’ll eat, drink and sleep bird photography and any other photographic subject you’re interested in knowing more about. You’ll have Scott’s full attention and a “guarantee” that you’ll get great bird images!

If you’re a Nikon shooter, Scott will make his long lens available to you to create great bird portraits.

Cost & Dates

$1950 one person – additional $475 for one more person. There are only a few slots left. We’ll be shooting between January 9 and February 28, 2010, with some date pairs gone. Call or e-mail to find out if your preferred dates are available. The fee must be paid in advance. A non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your seat. The balance is due no later than 90 days before the workshop. All fees must be paid in U.S. funds. All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

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Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

About Scott Bourne

Scott is the co-fouder of This Week in Photography, the number one photo-related podcast on iTunes. He’s also the editor/publisher of the TWIPPHOTO blog and He’s co-author of 88 Secrets to Wildlife Photography and is also the author of 88 Secrets to Selling & Publishing Your Photography and 88 Secrets to Photoshop for Photographers and Captivating Wildlife.

Scott is a nationally-recognized digital photography expert and has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and books. He has also won more than 50 national and regional awards for his imagery.

In addition to his books, Scott has created three photo-related titles for the popular online training site,

Scott is also a T3-level Apple Certified Aperture Trainer.

What Others Are Saying

“Thanks for a remarkable three-day custom workshop. I had high expectations from our telephone conversations. Those were met and exceeded. You helped clear up my uneasiness with simple and concise techniques and hands on illustrations. You also helped reignite my passion for photography.” Ashley Gallaher Quinn -Ashland, KY

Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

Copyright 2009 Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved

“The leadership you provided on the workshop was first class. When something comes off as being easy, I know the amount of work and effort that has gone into it has been tremendous. You have set the bar for excellence. I am sending a check to hold a seat in next year’s
workshop.” Steve Soo Hon – Brooklyn, NY

“Thanks to Scott’s help, I received a truly remarkable photography experience. Scott covered every aspect necessary to accomplish the task. He was familiar with the locations for shooting, provided excellent educational opportunities and had enough flexibility in the program to allow me to develop my own personal creative expression.” Sandy Conley – Portland, OR

“Scott and his crew are simply the best at what they do. I learned much more than I thought I would.” – Gary Hamburgh College Place, WA

Registration Form

PRINT, COMPLETE & MAIL this form with payment to avoid delay in your registration.

NOTE: If you send in registration for a workshop that’s already full, we will refund your deposit and put your name on a waiting list for that workshop. Please note that all workshop seats are sold first come, first served. Our workshops tend to sell out well in advance, so don’t delay. Please call our office at 253-851-6800 to check availability for your preferred date pair or if you have any questions.

All workshops require a $500 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit to reserve your seat. All seats are NON-TRANSFERABLE. The balance will be due 90 days before the workshop. Please note there are no refunds once fees are paid. We advise trip insurance in the event that you encounter an emergency that makes you unable to travel. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you an invoice with an amount due and the due date. We will send you an information packet that includes travel, hotel and other suggestions to make your trip a success.

If you need help securing travel insurance, please contact us for the name of a provider.

Please provide ALL of your contact information below.

Mailing Address
Email address
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Your signature below constitutes your agreement with and acknowledgement of our no refund policy.


Trip Payment: Make checks payable to Bourne Media Group.

Send to: Scott Bourne
Bourne Media Group
P.O. Box 1114 Gig Harbor, WA 98335
[email protected]

NOTE: My pal and mentor Arthur Morris also leads workshops in Florida this time of year. I might even assist him in 2010 if he needs my help. If you prefer to go for longer periods of time or with a larger group, contact Artie at