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This is an all natural (no baiting) owl photography workshop.  Great Grey Owls nest in the interior of British Columbia.  We will be timing this photo workshop for after the young have fledged from the nest and should be branching.  During this time period there is generally a lot of activity of adults feeding youngsters, hunting etc.  Due to the sensitive nature of nesting owls we are not disclosing the location of our home base or of the owls.  It’s a drive of 3-4 hours from the Vancouver, BC area and we will be staying in a nice hotel within 30-45 minutes of our photography area.  In addition to Great Grey Owls, this is a good area for Woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds, Western Tanagers and a few other songbird species but our main photography targets will be the Great Grey Owls.   This tour can be combined with our Orcas and Eagles photo workshop which is based in Seattle and ends on June 21st.
Maximum Participants: 5 photographers plus nonphotographer spouse/companions if any.

Cost and Logistics

$4,350 per photographer with a $600 single supplement.  Nonphotographer spouse/companion $3,450.  Fly into and out of Vancouver, British Columbia.  The deposit is $1,200.  Balance due 90 days before workshop.  Cost includes all lodging, guiding, local transportation.  It does not include flights, meals or items of a personal nature.


June 24th – Arrival to Vancouver airport, transfer to a nice hotel.  Evening presentation on bird and wildlife photography by Ken Archer.

June 25th – This morning we will visit Reifel Refuge to photograph Wood Ducks and other waterbirds and songbirds such as Spotted Towhee.  Then we will check out and drive 3-4 hours to the interior of British Columbia.  We will check into our hotel and then have our first Great Grey Owl photography session in the afternoon.  A nice hotel in the area.

June 26th to 28th  – We will have three full days of owl and bird photography.  We hope to get flight shots, hunting shots with prey, portraits and feeding shots of the Great Grey Owls.  Getting feeding shots will require some patience and we will sometimes stay with owls for fairly long periods of time.  Great Greys are normally quite tolerant of people so long as we don’t get really close.  We will also be on the lookout for nesting woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds, Western Tanagers and other bird species.  The interior of British Columbia is lovely countryside and we will be staying in a nice hotel where we will review the day’s photography and activity at dinner each night.  We will generally have mid-day breaks for lunch and to rest a bit as the days will be long in late June.

June 29th – We will have one more morning with the Great Grey Owls, then we will check out, have lunch and return to the Vancouver, BC area where we will have an afternoon shoot at Reifel Refuge again.  We will stay in a nice hotel near the Vancouver, BC airport. 

June 30th – Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. 

Ken Archer

Ken Archer

Ken Archer has been a professional wildlife photographer for the last 25 years. His work is widely published and he is a former first place category winner in Nature’s Best Photo Contest and an overall winner of the Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest. He has spent a great deal of time photographing wildlife in the American West. Ken uses Canon.

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