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Don’t miss: Two new South Texas bird photography workshops

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South Texas Bird Photography Workshop •Laguna Seca Ranch Edinburg, Texas
• October 23-26, 2014
• February 27-March 1-2015

This instructional, hands-on bird photography workshop is located in the heart of the South Texas flyway. The October workshop features a half-day of hands-on instruction and a day and two and a half days of shooting (or a day and a half in February ) in some of the best South Texas birding habitat available where neotropical South Texas varieties abound.

The workshop will be held at the Laguna Seca Ranch north of Edinburg, Texas in the heart of the lush Rio Grande Valley. The facilities of the 700-acre ranch are purpose-designed for photography and preserved with all native species. It features four constant-level ponds, each with permanent photography blinds oriented for the best use of light. A fifth blind is set up specifically for raptors.

Each location has been hand-crafted to provide the most outstanding bird photography opportunities. With nearly eighty species found on the property, Laguna Seca Ranch clearly offers a uniquely outstanding South Texas bird photography adventure! Many photographers have added numerous birds to their species life list while at the workshop. Read the website for their testimonials.

For more information, see: http://www.thenatureconnection.com/SoTxBirdPhotoWS.html

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Now only one spot left!

My newest South Texas Bird Photography Workshop takes off in just three and a half weeks. This four-day workshop is held at a great, purposed-designed birding ranch in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley and will be in high season for south Texas migrants and specialty species. There is a spot left for you and or a friend. For further details, please check out: The Nature Connection .

Read what a recent participant has to say:
“Thanks to Brian for the extensive preparation that he did for the South Texas bird workshop and always does for classes and meetings, as well. Brian has expansive knowledge and photographic expertise. On top of that, he is a very capable communicator and teacher who shows much interest in his students. He goes above and beyond what you would expect in order to make the learning experience worthwhile and memorable. Our South Texas trip was first rate!”
–N. Naylor, Austin, TX

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Bird photography in the heart of South Texas

The Rio Grande Valley is a mecca for bird photographers from all over. Many come to capture images of species infrequently found in the USA except for this area. You can join in on this action, too! Image An example of the action is this roadrunner with a meal of butterflies, a very unusual sight. This bird and its activity was photographed last October by Nancy Naylor, one of my bird photography workshop participants from Austin.

My workshops are be held at the Laguna Seca Ranch in the heart of the lush Rio Grande Valley. Features of this 700-acre ranch are purpose-designed for bird photography and preserved with all-native plants and animals. It features four constant-level ponds, each with permanent photography blinds oriented for the best in photography. Another set of blinds are constructed specifically for raptors. Each location has been hand-crafted, and they all provide outstanding birding and photographing opportunities. With nearly eighty species listed on the property, Laguna Seca Ranch clearly offers a unique South Texas birding and photography adventure! At Laguna Seca Ranch we bring the birds to you!

We will set up natural perches considering the best photographic light possible. Most photography of the best scenarios is just 12-15 feet from your lens! Birds have water, dripping attractions and are fed year-round so attraction of the best species is stress-free.

There are only two spaces left for my next workshop, now  scheduled from February 6-9, 2014. If you want in on the great spring action in South Texas, you should check out this opportunity here: http://www.thenatureconnection.com/SoTxBirdPhotoWS.html .

Texas photo workshops seem worlds apart

Happy New Year! To start the New Year out right, I will lead a series of nature photography workshops in 2013. While all are in Texas, the subject matter seems worlds apart. They range from an African wildlife photography workshop at
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and another wild bird photography workshop in far South Texas. Let’s start in order.

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The first workshop will be held on February 22-24 on the Laguna Seca Ranch in far south Texas only a few miles from Edinburg and the Mexican border. This ranch is a well established for bird photography with permanent blinds and water features. The timing of this workshop will allow the participants to capture images of south Texas and northern Mexico specialties, as well as migrant species. The details of this most economical workshop are found here: http://www.thenatureconnection.com/SoTxBirdPhotoWS.html .

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The next workshops feature Africa in Texas at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas. Four workshops will be featured in April, June, September and October on the 1,900 acre facility. One- and two-day workshops are offered, with the two-day workshop featuring lodging overnight at Safari Camp in the heart of the center’s wildlife preserve. For more information visit http://www.fossilrim.org/workshops.php.

All workshops feature copious hands-on instruction, plenty of great subjects and are limited in participant numbers to assure lots of individual attention. To download a flier for either of the workshops click on the link below:
South Texas Bird Photography Workshop:     RGV Bird Photography
Fossil Rim Wildlife Photography Workshop: FR WildlifePhotoWS

© 2013 Brian Loflin. All Rights reserved.

Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

I had the pleasure to lead a photography trip to this fabulous New Mexico birding hot spot for a few days in early December. Bosque del Apache NWR lies on the Rio Grande about halfway from Las Cruces to Albuquerque, NM. This National Wildlife Refuge is an amazing photography destination as it is the resting spot for migratory water fowl in late winter. The birds are there by literally tens of thousands, always an impressive sight! As it turned out, the weather was somewhat mild and photo perfect. I thought I would post a few images from the trip.

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One of nine thousand Sandhill cranes takes off in the early morning light. The birds slept overnight in a shallow pond right by the roadside. They would take off by ones and twos and in very large masses, often right over our head.

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With a wing span of six feet, Sandhill cranes are elegant fliers. They feed in dry fields during the day and return to shallow water at night. At Bosque del Apache the massive numbers of these large birds presented many photographic opportunities as well as a cacophony of sound as they vocalized to each other.

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Snow geese were everywhere! Frequently they would take flight in an explosive liftoff by the hundreds. Often, they would circle and come right back. Later, they may explode again and move to another field or other part of the refuge system.

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My good friend and photographer, Dolph McCranie with poster enumerating Bosque’s bird count for the time we were there. As you can see by the numbers, finding a subject was an easy task.

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A bobcat was a very lucky find. This cat was stalking a small group of Mallard ducks when I spied it near a small canal. A slow, careful approach resulted in a relatively nice image.

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After shooting birds, many of the group photographed other sights in and around Socorro, NM, like the interior of the Capitol Bar, one of the oldest in the Southwest and in business since 1896.

All images Nikon D2Xs and Nikkor optics including 600 mm F 4, 80-200 mm F 2.8, 28-70 F 2.8 and 15 mm F 3.5.

© Copyright Brian Loflin 2012. All rights reserved.

South Texas Bird Photography Workshop

Sharp-shinned hawk, Harris hawk and Crested caracara from the South Texas Bird Photography Workshop. Nikon D2Xs, 600 mm F 4 Nikkor lens. © Brian Loflin 2012.

Photographers from Austin and Houston, TX and Athens, GA gathered for a three-day bird photography photography workshop featuring South Texas specialties at Laguna Seca Ranch near Edinburg, TX. The workshop was led by Brian Loflin and provided hands-on instruction in photographing birds from purpose-made permanent blinds and on a variety of natural perches and in flight. Twenty species were seen and photographed by the participants, including South Texas specialty birds, Pyrrhuloxia and Green jay.

Laguna Seca Ranch is a 700 acre facility deep in the South Texas scrub brush country just a few miles north of the USA-Mexico border, yet minutes from the city of Edinburg, Texas. The ranch has prepared four permanent blinds with year-round water features and feeders. An additional blind is prepared specifically for attracting raptors.

Thus workshop is again scheduled for February 22-24, 2013. For more information about this exciting experience you may download the information HERE.

Brian Loflin is a seasoned biologist and natural science photographer. His photography and writings have been published worldwide. Brian hosts this workshop and a variety of others several times a year. For more information about this and other workshops and classes visit www.thenatureconnection.com.

Male Pyrrhuloxia and Green jay are two of the South Texas specialty birds photographed during the South Texas Bird Photography Workshop. Nikon D2Xs with Nikkor 600mm F 4.0 telephoto lens. © Brian Loflin 2012.

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South Texas bird photography workshop

October 23-25, 2012

Join noted photographers, authors and instructors, Brian and Shirley Loflin for a highly instructional, hands-on bird photography workshop in the heart of the South Texas flyway. The workshop features a half-day of full detailed instruction and three half-days of shooting in some of the best South Texas birding habitat available where the neotropical bird varieties abound.

The workshop will be held at the Laguna Seca Ranch in the heart of the lush Rio Grande Valley. Features of this 700-acre ranch are purpose-designed for photography and preserved with all-native plants and animals. It features four constant-level ponds, each with permanent photography blinds oriented for the best use of light. Nearly eighty species have been listed on the ranch. Laguna Seca Ranch clearly offers a unique South Texas birding and photography adventure!

At Laguna Seca Ranch we bring the birds to you! We will set up natural perches considering the best photographic light possible. Most photography of the best scenarios is just 12-15 feet from your lens! Birds have water, dripping attractions and are fed year-round so attraction of the best species is stress-free.

This workshop is designed for serious photographers who are competent in the use of their camera and equipment, yet may not have experienced the thrill of producing bird photographs of the highest quality. Copious instruction will include hands-on demonstrations in bird photography, understanding best exposures and camera settings, and the use of flash. Instruction will also include how to set up in a blind and shooting etiquette, setting up perches, best management of backgrounds and light and much more.

For more information, visit our web site:

http://www.thenatureconnection.com/SoTxBirdPhotoWS.html

© Copyright 2012 Brian Loflin. All rights reserved.