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This is an all natural (no baiting) owl photography workshop.  Good numbers of both Snowy and Great Horned Owls winter each year outside Calgary, Alberta.  We will photograph both species with Snowy Owls being our main target. In addition we will look for Great Grey Owls which we have a reasonable chance to find and photograph.  We will be photographing mostly on foot with short walks from our vehicles.  It can be very cold in January so we need to be prepared for that.  When we find a Snowy we will typically spend some time with the bird waiting for it and take off/and or start hunting. 

Maximum Participants: 5 photographers plus nonphotographer spouse/companions if any.

Cost and Logistics

$3,950 per photographer with a $500 single supplement.  Nonphotographer spouse/companion $3,450.  Fly into and out of Calgary, Alberta.  The deposit is $1,100.  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. 2025 cost $3,950.


January 12th – Arrival to Calgary airport, transfer to a Best Western.  Evening presentation on bird and wildlife photography by Ken Archer.

January 13th to 17th – We will have five full days of owl and wildlife photography.  The leaders will arrive  a few days early so they have a good idea of the best locations to photograph the owls.  Snowy Owls winter in the farm fields and Great Horned Owls can be found in many wood lots.  The exact itinerary will depend on current weather and owl conditions and how the group has done in previous days.   We will break for lunch each day to warm up.  While Owls will be our main targets we will also photograph whatever other wildlife we encounter which should include Ravens, White-tailed Deer and Gray Partridge.  A lot of other interesting species are possible including raptors such as Prairie Falcon and Gyrfalon as well as irruptive species such as Bohemian Waxwing and Pine Grosbeak and mammals like Red Fox.   Hotel: A Best Western

January 18th – One more morning photography session followed by return to the hotel and check out.  You can fly out anytime after 2pm.  You will go home with a nice portfolio of Snowy and Great Horned Owl images as well as a variety of other wildlife and birds. 

Ken Archer

Ken Archer

Ken Archer has been photographing the wildlife of the American West for over 25 years and leading workshops with Trogon Photo Tours for the past 9 years.

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