BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY - LAKE CARGELLIGO
Bird Photography is intensely satisfying. First there is the joy of simply being outside, in nature and amongst the birds. Then, there is the satisfaction of viewing your images and creating your own piece of art.
We are fortunate in Australia, to have so many wonder and colourful species of Birds to photograph. Our 3-Day tour of Lake Cargelligo is all about immersing ourselves in Bird Photography.
Although there is no classroom time in this tour, we will provide you with tips and tricks as well as guidance and support in the field in order to capture stunning bird images.
Lake Cargelligo Bird Photography Workshop:
Our Lake Cargelligo Photography Workshop will see us travelling along the Lake Cargelligo Bird Route. Lake Cargelligo is a popular birding hot spot with approximately 230 bird species (as per the shire figures recorded in the local area. Lake Cargelligo is known for being a bird lover's paradise. The variation is due to the large wetland system as well as the large Mallee blocks at Round Hill and Nombinnie Nature Reserves. With part of the Lake now a Bird Sanctuary, and with two accessible Bird Hides, and the close proximity to the Round Hill and Nombinne Nature Reserves.
Our Workshop will begin at our accomodation. We will spend about three hours going through some fundamentals of Bird Photography and getting our cameras set for the weekend. Once we check into the accomodation and get organised we will venture out to our evening meal at various locations in Lake Cagelligo where we will have a chance to all get to know one another.
On Friday and Saturday we will begin each day by meeting at 6:30 am sharp. From here we will head out to our birding spots selected for the day, searching for a variety of species including the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Cockatiels, Budgerigars, Splendid and White-winged Fairywrens, Diamond Doves, Mulga Parrots, and a variety of Chats and Honeyeaters just to name a few of the many birds we may come across. We will continue to shoot until around 3-4 pm when we will make our way back to town.
From here we can enjoy a meal and perhaps a glass of wine. Of course we can also find a bit of time for photo-editing and sharing our images from the day.
The tour will conclude at approximately 1pm in Lake Cargelligo.
Accomodation is not included. Please hold off booking your accomodation until you receive a confirmation that the minimum level of bookings have been met. This will ensure you will not be charged any cancellation fees for your accomodation if the Workshop does not proceed.
A basic amount of fitness is required for this workshop. Most of the Bird destinations are roadside and very easy to manage. There may be additional walking in the various National Park stops.
A basic understanding of your camera and navigating the menus is essential. Having your camera manual on hand will be valuable. I will provide Bird Photography guidelines prior to our departure, it will make your tour more enjoyable if you take the opportunity to learn the information prior to the tour.
Workshop size will be between 4-6 students. We limit our workshop sizes to create a more individual learning environment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Your Camera! The bare minimum is a camera that can has manual and aperture priority exposure settings.
- Spare camera batteries and SD Cards - We will be in the field all day!
- Battery Charger
- Lens with the longest focal length you have! Ideally this will be a lens with a focal length of 400mm or above. (also consider extenders and crop sensors)
- Tripod, in an effort to get the sharpest photos possible and also to help manage the weight of your equipment with long & heavy lenses.
- Gimbal Head for tripod - not essential, but sure makes Bird Photography much easier.
- Appropriate clothing. We will be near our vehicles for a majority of the tour, so having clothing to address various conditions in the car is recommended.
Tea, coffee and snacks
As with any workshop, unfortunately we are unable to control the weather or the availability of wildlife. The workshop will proceed in the event of inclement weather and we will endeavour to do our best to locate local wildlife.