SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA Photo Tour ~ 2018
This Southeastern Arizona photo tour offers lots of fodder for your lenses, including birds you’ll find no where else in the United States. Overall, Southeastern Arizona boasts nearly 250 avian species.
One special sweet spot is Madera Canyon, located in the Santa Rita Mountains about 40 miles southeast of Tuscon. This moist and cool habitat, created by “sky islands,” provides haven for plant and animal species unique to the region.
We’ll take advantage of the area’s winged variety throughout the photo tour. Our journey will include visits and lodging at privately-owned locations where birds are fed year-round.
One of our destinations is well-known among wildlife photographers as a great place to get bat shots. The owner keeps blinds, perches, water, and set-ups in place year-round so that you can take advantage of the right light and get great backgrounds.
Another of our destinations, nestled into Madera Canyon, is famous with birders and photographers alike for the numbers of birds it attracts. We’ll lodge there underneath its peaceful oaks and next to a stream, enjoying reprieve from the seasonal desert heat.
This region is also known as the Hummingbird Capital of the United States and the tiny speedsters will certainly be one of our main subjects. Fifteen species of hummers have been seen at the lodge where we’ll spend a chunk of our time.
We aim to photograph Broad-billed, Magnificent, Black-chinned, Anna’s, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds…and…I’ll bring along all the high-speed flash equipment — in addition to the printed backgrounds — so you don’t have to.
Here’s a list of some of what we hope to photograph during this tour:
• Mexican Jay
• House Finch
• Acorn Woodpecker
• Ladder-backed Woodpecker
• Northern Cardinal
• Varied Bunting
• Broad-billed Hummingbird
• Magnificent Hummingbird
• Black-chinned Hummingbird
• Anna’s Hummingbird
• Broad-tailed Hummingbird
• Gambel’s Quail
• White-winged Dove
• Mourning Dove
• Great Roadrunner
• Bridled Titmouse
• White-breasted Nuthatch
• Cactus Wren
• Lesser Goldfinch
• Cooper’s Hawk
• Red-tailed Hawk
• Antelope Squirrel
• Black-tailed Jackrabbit
• Desert Cottontail Rabbit
Shoot me an email and I’ll let you know when I get the details ironed out. Emailing me doesn’t commit you to coming.
DATE: Late-spring or summer of 2018. (I’ll know by June 2017.)
PRICE: Cost and itinerary specifics will be firmed up by June 2017.
SPACE FOR: Eight (8)
You can find my email address on my “Contact” page.
I am excited to finally be leading a tour here! I’ve had lots of requests, just haven’t had a chance to scope it out properly until now. Hope you’ll join me. ~ Jeff