WHOOPING CRANE Photo Tour ~ 2016

February 5 ~ 7, 2016
ROCKPORT, TEXAS ~ ARANASAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Join me in February 2016 for my popular Whooping Crane Photo Tour! If you’re interested, I suggest that you sign up early! This tour sells out every year.

I have room for just five (5) photographers to join me as we watch and photograph the cranes at their most active, feasting upon the Gulf-Coast bounty. These particular birds are descended from nature’s last wild flock.

The Whooping Crane Photo Tour ~ 2016 includes two extensive boat-based photo shoots during which we’ll create images of the Whooping Cranes of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

The fun continues after our boat-based shoots with afternoon photo excursions in and around Rockport and Port Aransas where we’ll focus our lenses on colorful shrimp boats, the marina, Brown Pelicans, and shorebirds.

Watch the behavior of North America’s tallest birds in their wintering habitat along Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Observe juveniles interacting with their parents. Wonder at the birds’ size and elegant gawkiness. Enjoy listening to the unique sound of their trumpeting calls. Photograph them pulling blue crabs up from estuary mud.

We will have multiple opportunities to take a variety of photographs of this fascinating species. Kevin Sims, captain of Jack Flash, does an amazing job of getting us up-close and personal with the birds (without disturbing them).

Expect also to see and photograph other estuary-loving birds, too, including: Brown & White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Ibis, American Oystercatchers, Forster’s Terns, Black Skimmers, and more.

Jack Flash is set-up with the special needs of wildlife photographers in mind. Captain Sims carefully respects the birds yet knows how to get us perfectly positioned for awesome shots.

Brown Pelican, by Jeff Parker Whooping Crane Photo Tour 2016
 The boat leaves from the Rockport area about ½ hour before sunrise both days of our tour so you’ll want to stay in Rockport for the weekend. (See info below about lodging -—- not included in the tour.)

JEFF PARKER’S WHOOPING CRANE PHOTO TOUR ~ 2016 INCLUDES:

TWO EXTENSIVE BOAT-BASED PHOTO SHOOTS and TWO AFTERNOON PHOTO SHOOTS IN & AROUND ROCKPORT:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016:
Gather for orientation and our first meal together to kick off the Whooping Crane Photo Tour ~ 2016 (meals not included in the price of the tour).

FULL DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016:
Spend a day with professional wildlife photographer and Corpus Christi Certified Wildlife Guide, Jeff Parker, and Captain Kevin Sims aboard the Jack Flash focusing your lens (or lenses!) on endangered Whooping Cranes. Boat leaves approx. ½ hour before sunrise. Enjoy an afternoon photo shoot in and around Rockport taking images of shrimp boats, the marina, Brown Pelicans, wading birds, gulls (there are typically five kinds of gulls here this time of year), and more.

FULL DAY 2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015:
Spend another fun day with Jeff aboard the Jack Flash capturing more great photos of Whooping Cranes and the other abundant bird life of the Texas Gulf Coast in winter, including: Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Egrets, Whistling Ducks, Brown & White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, American Oystercatchers, Forster’s Terns, Black Skimmers, and more. Then, enjoy a second afternoon photographing the wildlife and scenery in and around Rockport or Port Aransas.

Brown Pelican, by Jeff Parker

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Meals, lodging, or transportation to and from workshop are NOT included in the price. We’ll depend on car-pooling for our afternoon photo excursions in and around Rockport.

Lodging Assistance:

When you join us for Jeff’s Texas Whooping Crane Photo Tour ~ 2016, we recommend you stay in Rockport.

These large chains have hotels in Rockport:

  • Hampton Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Econolodge
  • 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):

  • Check out this site for some great suggestions: http://www.rockport-texas.com/hotel-motel.html
  • Crane House Retreat This place is pretty famous and books up extremely quickly so if you’re interested in this lodging I suggest you book it ASAP!
  • Surfside Inn Suites
  • Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
  • DATES: Friday, February 5th — Sunday, February 7th, 2016
    PRICE: $595
    SPACE FOR: Five (5)

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