Flight School Goes Loony!


Common Loons with Chicks and More!


Kamloops, BC, Canada - June 24-28, 2011



Common Loon with Chicks, Lac Le Jeune, BC, Canada
Image copyright  © 2010:  Kevin Karlson

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Join expert bird photographers  Jim Neiger and Kevin Karlson for 5 days of extraordinary bird photography and instruction at beautiful Lac Le Jeune.  This beautiful lodge set in the mountains near Kamloops, British Columbia offers unique opportunities to photograph Common Loons with their chicks, as well as a wide assortment of other avian subjects around the lodge and surrounding areas. A number of other photogenic bird species nest around the lodge, including Black Tern, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Red-naped Sapsucker and many others. Nearby wildlife refuges and recreation areas have several pairs of very photographable Red-necked Grebes with chicks in the nest and riding on the parent's back. Mountain Bluebirds may be found in nest boxes along numerous country roads. Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds are possible at several hummingbird feeders.


Jim has spent the past several years perfecting his techniques for photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses hand held.  The focus of these workshops will be learning Jim’s hand held, long lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in other action.  Kevin Karlson is an accomplished wildlife photographer, author, birder and professional tour leader who is very familiar with the wildlife at Lac Le Jeune and the surrounding areas.



Nesting Black Tern with Chicks, Lac Le Jeune, BC, Canada
Image copyright  © 2010:  Kevin Karlson

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Photographic Opportunities

A large, open-topped pontoon boat allows for group photography of up to 5 photographers for very close approach to Common Loons and their chicks. Wing-flaps, fly-bys, chicks riding on the back of adult loons, and take-offs and landings are some of the photographic chances with these tame loons.  



Photographers on Pontoon Boat, Lac Le Jeune, BC, Canada
Image copyright  © 2010:  Kevin Karlson

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Another more intimate option is the availability of several small boats with electric motors. These boats can comfortably hold two photographers with tripods (or not) and allow very close approaches to Common Loons with chicks and the Black Tern colony on the small lake adjacent to the lodge.  You will be able to take these boats out on the lake at times of your choosing for a more personal shooting experience. Kayaks are also available for those who want a “water level” shooting perspective.


Several feeders are also set up around the lodge for potential songbird photography. Juncos, chickadees, nuthatches and siskins are some of the possible birds. We will set up attractive perches to allow for more natural photos of these and other songbirds.


There are several other recreation areas and wildlife refuges, located within a half hour of the lodge, that provide wonderful opportunities to photograph Red-necked Grebe nests with chicks and a large assortment of other waterfowl. Possible “chicks and adult female” photography include Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and Lesser Scaup. Mountain Bluebirds nest in abundance in numerous nest boxes along country road fence lines.  We will search for Red-shafted Flicker nests, as well as the cavity nesting Northern 3-toed Woodpecker.



Red-necked Grebe with Chicks, Lac Le Jeune, BC, Canada
Image copyright  © 2010:  Kevin Karlson

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Workshop Dates:

Workshop BCL-1:  June 24-28, 2010

Workshop information, Cost, and payment:

The workshop will begin with a four hour classroom session at 2:00pm on June 24th and end following lunch on June 28th.  There will be three and a half days of photography with informal instruction in the field. Participants will also have use of the boats and other resort facilities during their free time.  The workshops will be limited to ten participants so that everyone may photograph in comfort and receive personalized instruction. 


The workshop includes single occupancy lodging, all meals, use of facilities, and all gratuities at the beautiful Lac Le Jeune Resort.  A double occupancy discount of $200 is available on a limited basis.  The cost of the workshop is $2350 US dollars per person.  A 50% non-refundable deposit of $1175 is required to reserve a spot in the workshop.  The remaining $1175 is due 30 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Please send checks or money orders to the address listed below.  Credit cards are not accepted.  

Participant Requirements:

Participants should have working knowledge of how to create a properly exposed image, a telephoto lens of 400mm or more (300mm with a teleconverter is acceptable), and be physically capable of holding their camera and lens up to their eye in shooting position for at least 20 seconds.  Participants must also have a vehicle to travel to and from the photography locations.

Contact Information:
Flight School Photography, Inc.
Jim Neiger
550 Basin Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34744-4804

Cell phone: (407) 247-5200
Website: http://www.flightschoolphotography.com
Email: jimn@cfl.rr.com

Jim will be happy to provide you with any additional information you may need.


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