This Whooping Crane Photo Tour takes place from a boat that is configured for photographers and offers you opportunities to get great shots of endangered Whooping Cranes wintering at the Texas Gulf. The tallest bird in North America, the whooping crane breeds in the wetlands of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Canada and spends the winter on the Texas coast at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport. Whooping cranes begin their fall migration south to Texas in mid-September and begin the spring migration north to Canada in late March or early April.
This photo tour is very popular so, if you’re interested, I suggest that you sign up early!
I have room for just four (4) photographers to join me as we watch and photograph the endangered cranes.
The Whooping Crane Photo Tour includes 4-6 hour photo shoot from a boat during which, we’ll work on creating images of the Whooping Cranes of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. We will have multiple opportunities for shooting a variety of photographs of this fascinating species as well as other birds. Our experienced boat captain knows how to get us up-close and personal with the birds.
Then, we will take a break and reconvene for an afternoon photo walk in and around Rockport and/or Port Aransas where we could see colorful shrimp boats, the marina, Brown and White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ibis, Forster’s Tern, Black Skimmers, Roseate Spoonbills, American Oystercatchers, shorebirds, and more.
The boat leaves from the Rockport area about ½ hour before sunrise so you’ll want to stay in Rockport
for the weekend. (See info below about lodging -—- not included in the tour.
) TOUR INCLUDES:
ONE 4-6 HOUR BOAT-BASED PHOTO SHOOT and access to my custom course: Photographing Coastal Birds with an optional afternoon/evening photo walk. SATURDAY, March 3, 2018:
Spend 4-6 hours in the morning with professional wildlife photographer, Texas Master Naturalist, and Certified Wildlife Guide Dr. Carol Fox Henrichs, and Captain Kevin Sims aboard the Jack Flash.
We will focus on capturing images of the endangered Whooping Cranes and look for opportunities to shoot other subjects as well.
The boat leaves ½ hour before sunrise so please arrive 15 minutes early in order to allow time to load our gear. Then, later in the evening, feel free to join me for a photo walk in and around Rockport where you can take photos of shrimp boats, the marina, Brown Pelicans, wading birds, gulls and more.
We provide bottled water and there is a port-a potty on board. Feel free to bring whatever else you like to eat and drink. Early Morning can be chilly if not cold even in South Texas. We recommend that you dress in layers. A warm pair of shoes as well as gloves is a good idea. Sun block and a hat or cap is always a good idea.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: Meals, lodging, or transportation to and from workshop. We’ll rely on car-pooling for our afternoon photo excursions in and around Rockport.
These large chains have hotels in Rockport:
Prefer locally-owned hotels? Check out these options (we DO NOT endorse any of these in particular; we’re merely providing this list as a convenience to you
Saturday, March 3, 2018 PRICE:
$225 (plus tax) SPACE FOR:
four (4) Full refund if cancelled 15 days prior to event start date. Directions to Marina
From Rockport/Fulton travel north on highway 35. As soon as you cross the Copano Bay Bridge you will see a Exxon gas station. Turn right at the gas station. In 100 feet turn right again. This will bring you into the Marina. At the bottom of the hill turn right. Just past the boat ramp turn left. We are in the very last covered boat stall. We will be driving either a blue or a white Chevy Pick up.
If you use a map app or GPS please enter.
100 Mills Wharf Rd