(Bird Island to the east; Sunken Island to the west) is located in Hillsborough Bay at the mouth of the Alafia River. These two man-made islands were formed from spoil material when a channel that connects the main Tampa shipping channel to the Alafia River was dredged in the late 1920s. The islands were immediately important as bird nesting sites for gulls, terns, and skimmers. As shrubs and trees replaced low-lying vegetation, nesting herons, egrets, ibis, and later pelicans moved from the historic nesting site at Green Key. Today the islands are owned by Cargill Fertilizer, Inc. and leased to Audubon for operation as a sanctuary.
Each year, up to 18,000 nesting pairs of 16 to 20 species of birds nest on the Alafia Bank Sanctuary, making it one of the largest colonies in Florida and one of the most diverse colonies in the continental United States. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has listed Alafia Bank as the most important colony in the state, due to its size (number of birds nesting), longevity of nesting activity, and species diversity. (Source: Audubon)
About the Workshop
Workshop will begin with a short and pleasant boat ride to Alafia Banks offshore Rookery in Tampa Bay. Our experienced, U.S.C.G certified, licensed and insured boat captain will maneuver us safely to the rookery. While at the rookery, you have the option to photograph directly from the boat or you are welcome to get off the boat (like I will do) and photograph several species at eye level including but not limited to:
Rosette Spoonbills (Adults & Juveniles)
Reddish Egret (Adults & Juveniles)
Nesting Brown Pelicans
And many more.
After our return from photographing at Alafia, a well deserved breakfast (not included) awaits us.
Afternoon session, workshop participants will meet me at a specific location (provided after registration) and continue by land which will allow us to cover some ground looking for opportunities to photograph different species and we'll do this for TWO DAYS!!
What will you teach during the workshop?
Handheld panning technique
Birds in flight
The Perfect Approach
How to work your subject
And much more
Are we going to be walking a lot?
Workshop Tuition and Registration:
$599 per participant for TWO (2) extensive & productive Photography learning experience.
$399 deposit (non-refundable unless you find a person to fill your spot). Deposit should be paid the day you register. Remaining $200 should be pay in full by
March 1st, 2012.
Maximum of 5 attendees per workshop. Minimum of 3 (best learning experience)
Each participant is responsible for their own transportation to each location during the workshop. Boat ride is included.
Each participant is responsible for their own meals
Each participant is responsible for his/her own physical condition and must be willing to get your feet wet.
Each participant must download and submit the Workshop Registration Form at the time of registration.Download Form