PLEASE READ OUR NEW DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES CAREFULLY BEFORE
SENDING A DEPOSIT.
For years, BIRDS AS ART has had the most liberal deposit/cancellation
policies in the field. Unfortunately, due to an unbelievable number of
cancellations, many of them just prior to the beginning of IPTs, we have
been forced to institute the new terms that follow. Please check your
schedule carefully and weigh your decision to join an IPT very seriously
before sending a deposit. We regret that we must institute these new
policies, but the folks who have frivolously signed up for IPTs only to
cancel at the last second have forced us to change our policies by
depriving us of income and preventing other photographers from joining
the tour because they are unable to re-arrange work schedules or
purchase reasonably priced airline tickets. That said, do note--that for
good reasons--most BIRDS AS ART IPTs fill many months in advance.
A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is now required for all IPTs. A $500
non-refundable deposit is required for both the Churchill and the
Pribilofs IPTs. The balance is due 2 months before the date of the IPT
and is then non-refundable unless the tour sells out. You will receive
notice of payment due 10 months before the date of the IPT. If we do not
receive your check for the balance on or before the due date, we will
try to fill your spot off the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you
will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your
CRANE CREEK STATE PARK, OHIO On wave days, photograph warblers, vireos,
grosbeaks, kinglets, tanagers, nightjars, and sparrows. Note, however,
that photographing migrant passerines is strictly weather dependent.
Back-up subjects include Canada Geese and their goslings, Tree Swallows,
and in some years, Killdeer nests and chicks.
CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA. Photograph arctic nesting birds, at times
on the nest, and almost always in their spectacular breeding plumages.
Species should include Semipalmated and American Golden-Plover,
Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher,
Arctic Tern, Bonaparte's Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, and Willow Ptarmigan.
Other possibilities include Common Eider, Oldsquaw, Greater Scaup,
Horned Grebe, Pacific Loon, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redpoll, Savannah
Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler, and many, many more. On this IPT only,
ground transportation and airport pick-up/drop-off is included. No meals
are included on this IPT. Most folks will need to stay a night in
Winnipeg before and after the tour to facilitate flying to and from
ST AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM (ROOKERY), FLORIDA Photograph dozens of
egret and heron chicks at close range, some within arm's length. In all
but disastrous nesting years, we will get to photograph the chicks and
young of Great, Cattle & Snowy Egrets,
and Tricolored Heron. Little Blue Heron chicks are possible in some
years. Though we do photograph early and late in the day, it is almost
always extremely hot in Florida at this time of year.
ST. PAUL ISLAND, PRIBILOFS, ALASKA/ECONOMY TOUR Photograph dozens of
spectacular Horned and Tufted Puffins on this thrilling trip to a quiet
outpost in the middle of the Bering Sea. While virtually all the auklets
will have departed, Black-legged & Red-legged Kittiwakes, Thick-billed
Murre, and Red-faced Cormorant may have fuzzy young in their cliff
nests. Rock Sandpiper in both fading adult and fresh juvenal plumage are
guaranteed. Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, and
Arctic Fox are possible. We will almost surely get to photograph
Gray-tailed Tattlers and possibly, other vagrant Asian species. In
addition, there will be a variety of spectacular wildflowers in bloom at
Whitney Pond. We will travel by St. Paul Island Tour bus, but this bus
will be exclusively for our use. Minimum 500mm lens recommended; 600mm
preferred. Flash a must. Flight shooting lens a plus. Costs are as
follows: IPT fee: $799, St. Paul Tour fee (includes driver/guide, round
trip airfare from Anchorage to St. Paul, and seven nights lodging) ill
be approximately $2100.00 (TBA) Please note that airfare from your home
to Anchorage, layover motel rooms (about $150/night) in Anchorage (2
nights-one before the tour, one after), and meals-approximately $45/day
at the Trident Fish Processing Plant are NOT included. These tours are
strictly limited to ten participants each. : A non-refundable $500
deposit is required for this trip. Early registrants will be booked for
the first trip but may indicate their desire to switch to the second
trip instead in the almost-guaranteed event that the first trip fills.
Last year both tours sold out, and many of those photographers will be
returning, one for the third consecutive summer. ). Non-photographer
spouses/companions may join this IPT with the payment of a nominal $100
fee (plus the S.P.I.T. fees.)
BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR Tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill
Cranes; raptors, spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and low mountain scenery
make this a wondrous and inspiring location and a great place to learn
the basics. Each year at Bosque is different, but even in a "bad" year,
Bosque provides one amazing photographic opportunity after another.
Simply seeing and hearing the fly-ins, lift-offs, and blast-offs is
always a huge thrill to anyone who enjoys nature. Photographing them is
a guaranteed plus!
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA This, my bread & butter/can't-miss tour features
visits to Ding Darling NWR, the Venice rookery, Little Estero Lagoon,
and other photo hotspots. Spoonbills, White Ibis, Wood Stork, both
pelicans, Burrowing Owl, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, eight heron and
egret species, and numerous terns, gulls, sandpipers, and plovers, most
of them ridiculously tame, are among the likely subjects.
GENERAL INFORMATION: BIRDS AS ART/INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTO-TOURS
All IPTs (unless indicated) include morning and afternoon field shoots
totaling six hours or more (weather permitting), in-the-field
instruction, an introductory slide program on the evening before the
tour begins, a critiquing session , and, for the 3-DAY IPTs, slide
programs on all but the last night of the tour, a midday break (also
know as INT--instructor nap time), and all breakfasts and lunches
(except as noted). Please note that breakfasts will feature
on-the-run/fast food or convenience store dining. IPTs do not include
lodging or air or ground transportation (except as noted). Ground
transportation with the leader is available on some tours on an
extremely limited, first-requested, first-served, pay-in-advance,
$20/day, space-available basis. Email to check availability.
Non-photographer spouses/companions may join most IPTs for $40/day
(except as noted). Extensions and individual or group tours can be
arranged on request. Individual instruction on location is available for
$500.00 per day, $800 per day for two photographers. A variety of Canon
EF telephoto lenses and bodies are available for rent on some IPTs on a
per day or per trip basis. Please inquire as to rates and availability.
WHY JOIN A BIRDS AS ART/IPT?
1- I taught elementary school for 23 years. I know how to teach. I can
teach you the techniques needed to produce technically perfect images on
a consistent basis. 2-My work is known for its artistic design; I can
show you and teach you how to design artistically pleasing images. 3-I
have a type-A personality. I am energetic, enthusiastic, and driven. 4-I
specialize in bird photography. I know where the birds are, how to
identify them, and how to approach them closely while minimizing
disturbance. 5-All tours will run with only a single registrant. 6. I'm
good, and I'll work hard to find the magic for you. 7. This is my
business, and mine alone; I do care. 8: I know where to be in varying
weather and lighting conditions. Why spend money on airfares, rental
cars, equipment, and film and wind up being in the wrong spot? 9: While
in Bosque this year, we ran across a tour group with top professional
leaders and approximately 20 participants stuffed into two vans. The
tour was very expensive (as the tour company has a big shiny catalogue
and a large office staff to pay for). All in my group were amazed at the
lack of instruction offered by the leaders, the total lack of
communication between the leaders and the participants, and one
seemingly inexplicable decision to leave an area just before the sun
broke through and created a dramatic sunset. Go figure.....
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding BIRDS AS
INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTO-TOURS. I would be glad to guide anyone considering
the purchase of equipment.
Best and great picture making to all,
Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART