When: 9th to 18th April 2017 - Sorry Fully Booked
Where: Flinders Ranges and Gluepot Reserve
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Join experienced adventuring professional travel photographer and bird photography expert Mark Rayner and Australian bird expert Dick Jenkin on a bird and nature photography adventure not to be missed.
Itinerary and Program of Events
Arrive at Adelaide Hotel, meet and greet over drinks and dinner.
Depart from Adelaide Hotel at 8 AM and travel to Monarto Zoo, an amazing open plan zoo, one of the largest in the world, where we will have plenty of opportunities for bird and animal photography, including many African animals and the beautifully marked Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.
In the afternoon we will head to Waikerie in the Murray Riverland country where we will spend the next 4 nights. If time permits we will stop on route at Brookfield Conservation Park for our first taste of some Mallee country birds and scenery. Brookfield was set aside for the preservation of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat but we are unlikely to encounter one during the day.
This would be the start of many opportunities to photograph the beautiful Blue Bonnet with its subtle blue hues, the more common Australian Ringneck, and a variety of honeyeaters including the widespread Singing Honeyeater.
Today we will travel a bit further to the east to spend some time at Banrock Station Winery and Wetlands where water birds and wine prevail. After a packed lunch and maybe a wine or two, we will head back to Waikerie for a two-hour sunset cruise on the Murray with some amazing cliffs and bird life.
An early start for a full day at Gluepot Reserve, about an hour and a half drive north of Waikerie, where we will stake out some water holes and look for some of the Mallee specialty birds such as: Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Mallee Ringneck, Black-eared Miner, Southern Scrubrobin, White-browed Treecreeper and Chestnut Quail-thrush to name but a few. The nomadic Budgerigar has been known to turn up from time to time as well. Gluepot is Birdlife Australia’s first publicly funded reserve and is around 50,000 hectares in area.
Off early again for another morning at Gluepot and in the afternoon we may have time on our return to visit some local wetlands around Waikerie, where we will search for the cryptic skulkers such as Buff-banded Rail and Australian Spotted Crake.
We spend most of the day driving to the north-west today as we change our location to Rawnsley Park Station in the foothills of the beautiful Flinders Ranges. On route we have the opportunity to break our journey by visiting some historic towns with old buildings just waiting to be photographed.
In the evening we arrive at Rawnsley Park Station where will spend the next 3 nights. Hopefully we can recreate with our cameras what famous Australian water colour artist Sir Hans Heysen saw in the gum trees of this region.
After our travels yesterday, we will spend the day around our accommodation absorbing the amazing scenery and checking out the birdlife. The beautifully coloured Red-capped Robin will be high on our agenda.
Sunsets and sunrises will be top priority, with the amazingly coloured Flinders Ranges as our back drop.
In the afternoon Mark will offer a session on post-processing and getting the best punch out of your images.
This morning we will travel to a great birding site in the Flinders Ranges where we hope to have a variety of birds, including another chance for Southern Scrubrobin and many honeyeater species, including the uncommon Grey-fronted Honeyeater.
We will have an afternoon visit to Stokes Hill Lookout, part of Willow Springs Station for more stunning scenery and hopefully the sometimes difficult to find Short-tailed Grasswren. If time permits, we will visit some nearby ruins. If weather permits, we will finish with another awesome sunset.
We start our long journey back to Adelaide today and on route we will visit the incredible Arid Lands Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta where we will have lunch.
Here we have opportunities for a macro photography session as well as some more amazing birds such as: White-winged Fairywren, Rufous Fieldwren, Chirruping Wedgebill and White-browed Babbler. Some local salt pans should provide an opportunity to photograph birds such as Banded Stilt, Black-winged Stilt and Red-necked Avocet.
In the afternoon we will continue onto Adelaide where we enjoy a farewell dinner at our Adelaide Hotel and our journey ends with breakfast the following morning.
Dick is passionate about birds and has spent his entire life pursuing countless species all over the globe. More recently, having observed all but three Australian birds, he has decided to revisit his secret places with camera in hand.
Dick is now a full time photographer pursuing this new goal.
Together with his wife Lynn, also a passionate photographer, he is setting about making bird photography more accessible to everyone.
Dick returns to UNI in 2016 to further advance his knowledge by gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Ornithology.
In short, if there is a bird in the bush, Dick knows what it is and how to find it. His knowledge will be invaluable as we bring you this brand new bird and nature photography workshop in the Hunter Valley region of NSW.
This wonderful and varied photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast.
A digital SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera camera is recommended. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom or prime. Lenses such as Canon 100-400, Nikon 80-400, Tamron or Sigma 150-600 are ideal as are 400, 500 and 600 primes. 1.4x and 2x teleconverters are also very useful.
A sturdy monopod or tripod is recommended, preferably fitted with a gimbal head. In the case of a monopod, at the very least a monopod tilt head needs to be fitted. For the reptile and other animal sessions a shorter zoom or macro lens would be ideal.
A standard zoom (24-70) would also be advisable as some landscape opportunities will present. An external flash could be useful in certain circumstances.
Some of the topics that will be covered:
• Bird Photography techniques
• Exposure and metering techniques
• Streamlining your digital workflow and image post-processing techniques
This amazing tour will fill up quickly, so please contact Mark to secure your place and register your interest.
Cost for the 9 day tour : Twin Share $ 4490.00 per person
Single $ 4990.00 per person
$600.00 per person deposit required to secure your position.
Balance payable 60 days before workshop.
- 9 nights accommodation 1st night 9 April Adelaide - Last night 17th April Adelaide.
- All Dinners
- All Lunches
- All Breakfasts
- All Ground transport
- Boat Cruise fee
- Entry Fees
- Guiding and tuition
- Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance is highly recommended and remains your responsibility.