My final Alaska eagle photography trip is close to an end. It’s been a great experience. My workshop sold out with lots of old friends in attendance. My assignments all went mostly pretty well. My hard drive is full of more amazing eagle images and lots of video. It occurred to me that some of […]

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In my last installment of the diary, I said I was hoping for some weather at Bosque del Apache. Well I got it – perhaps I should have been more specific. I wasn’t hoping for deep, dark clouds and driving rain. I was shut out at the blast off. There was no light. But I […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2005 - All Rights Reserved

Copyright Scott Bourne 2005 - All Rights Reserved

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. Continue reading

Florida’s Beautiful Bird Slide Show from Scott Bourne

I spent February 11-18 in the Fort Myers, Florida region co-leading a sold-out bird photography workshop with Artie Morris from Birds As Art. It was my first trip to Florida in three years and all I can say is wow! It won’t be three years before I return.

The weather was PERFECT – it was 75-80 degrees and sunny most days with a light marine layer in the mornings. This provided wonderful shooting opportunities and we were doubly blessed with lots and lots and lots of birds. The locals were friendly and the food was amazing.

Our workshop attendees were all very nice people too and several were extremely good photographers. We even had some TWIPPERS on the trip. We spent our mornings getting up before sunrise so we could be in position to do some flash-blurs in the pre-dawn hours. Continue reading

NOTE: Click here if you’re looking for the “Cranes in the Fire Mist” shot.

I’m sick, tired and making the long drive home to Gig Harbor, but none of that matters. I’ll be home in a few hours. When I get there, I will have traveled through eight states in 17 days, and driven 4400 miles in the new photo work truck. I will have met with a photowalking group in Salt Lake, made a speech at the raptor center near Boise, shot the Colorado river and Arches National Park as well as Shiprock, NM and of course the refuge at Bosque. Oh yeah, and did I mention I was sick? :)

The shooting at Bosque this year was darn good. In fact, the refuge itself was fantastic. I believe that the physical conditions at the refuge were as good as they’ve been in a decade. The right ponds were full of water. My friend Artie Morris was allowed to take a volunteer crew into the refuge to clear brush and provide good shooting lanes. Much of the excess vegetation that had grown around the ponds had been plowed under.

Last year, it was just the opposite. The refuge management had allowed vegetation to grow in ways that made it impossible to get good shots. They didn’t fill some of the best ponds, and photography there was nearly impossible.

While this year’s conditions were great, the weather wasn’t that helpful. It was very warm. And while my bones appreciated the warmth, the birds didn’t. Warm temperatures caused the birds to change their behavior. Additionally, climate change has caused fewer and fewer birds to make the trip to Bosque. Bird counts are down compared to a decade ago.
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1. Research and read everything you can about birds. This tip is good for any subject, but especially birds. I wanted to photograph eagles in flight. I found out they often defecate right before they fly. The more you know about any subject, the better off you’ll be when it comes time to press the […]

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