Sunday Feb 23: Nature Photography in Winter – Raptors & Other Wildlife of Eastern Ontario’s Open Fields
Time: 8:00am to noon, Meet at The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17 MAP: http://goo.gl/5O6VxW
Price: $80.00 per person, HST included
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Max participants: 6 – Now 5 spots available
Note – Tony & Nina can take 2 passengers. We might need one more volunteer (driver with car) to help with pooling. Each winter birds come to Eastern Ontario to search for food. We’ll look for hawks, owls, songbirds and other wildlife taking advantage of the open fields. Because of its similarity to the Canadian High Arctic, some predators spend the winter here hunting for rodents while prey species feed on the abundance of seeds, some of it exposed over the snow cover. Our main goal is to locate and photograph birds like Snowy Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting or with luck, Bald Eagle, Gray Partridge and Lapland Longspur. The farm fields also provide scenery typical of a rustic Canadian open country landscape. We start in Ottawa’s east end working our way through the rural countryside of Eastern Ontario. We plan to drive around several backroads looking for scenery, landscapes, raptors and other life forms. Our route takes us through areas where we expect photo opportunities and wildlife. To minimize our impact on the environment, we plan to carpool from the meeting spot with as few cars as possible. Our goal today is to capture aesthetically pleasing images using various field techniques. We will teach participants to quickly respond as photo opportunities unfold. We will also cover subjects like controlling exposure, improving composition and approaching wildlife. Although this workshop is best suited to those already familiar with their camera, we cater to all levels of photographer including beginners. Everyone can benefit from this fun and exciting workshop. Telephoto lenses of 300mm or more will provide best results for wildlife subjects. Wide angle lenses are best for landscapes and scenery. Tripods or monopods are optional, but not necessary. Listen to the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Expect to dress in layers with warm/waterproof footwear. In case of severe weather (heavy snow or ice storm), the workshop will be re-scheduled to a later date. An announcement will be made on our Facebook Group the evening before the workshop.