WHOOPING CRANE Photo Tour ~ 2017

February 3 ~ 5, 2017
ROCKPORT, TEXAS ~ ARANASAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

This Whooping Crane Photo Tour offers great ops to get great shots of endangered Whooping Cranes at the Texas Gulf. This boat-based tour sells out every year so, if you’re interested, I suggest that you sign up early! ~ Currently, THREE (3) spots left ~

I have room for just five (5) photographers to join me as we watch and photograph the endangered 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 ~ 2017 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. Our boat captain 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.

Brown Pelican, by Jeff Parker Whooping Crane Photo Tour 2017
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 ~ 2017 INCLUDES:

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017:
Gather for orientation and our first meal together to kick off the Whooping Crane Photo Tour ~ 2017 (meals not included in the price of the tour).
FULL DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017:
Spend a full 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, FEBRUARY 5, 2017:
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 and/or Port Aransas.

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 ~ 2017, we recommend you stay in Rockport/Fulton.

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):

DATES: Friday, February 3rd ~ Sunday, February 5th, 2017
PRICE: $595
SPACE FOR: Five (5) ~ 3 spots left

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