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by Paul Rossi on Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:31 am
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Northern Warblers and More in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula 2020

       by Paul Rossi    

See what it can be like when you are behind your camera at the workshop:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUHGJ91NhL4 

2019 Gallery of workshop participant Bun Chan: https://paulrossibirds.wordpress.com/b-chan-workshop-gallery-2019/

2018 testimonial from Dennis Malueg:  "Birder, photographer and teacher, Paul Rossi brought all of those talents together as he led his Michigan Upper Peninsula spring 2018 warbler workshop. Having birded together in the Midwest for many years, I jumped at the chance to attend his inaugural warbler workshop. For the photography instruction side, the workshop began with a thorough walk-through of proper camera exposure settings which was much appreciated as we shot in both sun and shade every day. As for the birding aspect, Paul surely spent days scouting out the perfect locations with beautiful backgrounds, allowing me to get many perfect shots." 

The following gallery is from Dennis Malueg - photos from May 20-24, 2018:  

2018 testimonial from Mark Stahl:  "Having birded with Paul a few times and seen his photography for years, I knew he could put us in front of many great subjects. The migrant warbler flocks were incredible, and every location throughout the workshop had beautiful habitat. Learning the proper camera and lens settings before starting was very helpful, and he reviewed images often to make sure I was getting excellent results. His patience and tips before we started to photograph subjects were very helpful."

This gallery is from workshop participant Mark Stahl - photos from May 19-23, 2018: 

See Paul's work below:

To register for one of these workshops call Paul at    906 484-1086   or  email   pwaynerossi@gmail.com

Excellent opportunity to photograph many beautiful warblers.




The Eastern Upper Peninsula at and just north of Lake Huron is spectacular for northern warblers at the time of this trip. 24 species breed in the area and 3 more migrate through at this time. Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed vireo, and many other songbirds join them. Many of the 24 species of warblers have a breeding range extending further north, but many individuals stay around the lake shore, after crossing Lake Huron, to feed on the super abundant midge hatches. The midges feed the incredible population of spiders, which the warblers also love. There is so much food around for warblers that their territories are often shrunken. The past few years there has been a Spruce Budworm outbreak along the lake front and in areas we will visit inland.  Spruce Budworm specialists such as Cape May and Tennessee Warblers are abundant, and many other species such as Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada and Black-throated Green Warblers have increased their numbers.  There are also Kirtland's Warblers in the other inland areas we will visit, as well as Wilson's, Connecticut, Golden-Winged and many more.  

DATE 1:   May 19-23 fee $2,300
DATE 2:   May 25-29 fee $2,300
Fee includes 5 full days in the field, 6 nights lodging - with kitchen, and image processing demonstrations.  A selection of your best images during the workshop will be processed and sent to you (tiffs ready to print and jpegs to share) in the mail - in a thumb drive

Group Size: 4 participants maximum
From: Cedarville, Michigan

Equipment:  Digital SLR with matching lens. You should have an effective focal length of 600mm or greater, when combining the digital crop factor of your camera with your tele-extenders (1.4x or 2x).  Extension tube, if necessary, to make sure your combination can focus close enough for these small birds. See full details in the link further below.

I have lived year-round in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan for over 12 years, and photographed there for over 19 years. I know all of the songs of all of the birds, all of the habitats they utilize, and where they are. I identify all of them instantly by sight or song/call and have excellent hearing. I find cooperative birds before and during the workshops. I know how to combine cooperative birds with elements of their habitat which offer good compostion in good light. You will be the beneficiary of this knowledge and will receive personalized attention and instruction. You will have a great time while getting excellent results. Concerned that you might not have enough birds in front of you?  Please view the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUHGJ91NhL4

For all details on these workshops see:   https://paulrossibirds.wordpress.com/workshops/

Email Paul for any questions:  pwaynerossi@gmail.com    or call    906 484-1086

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by Paul Rossi on Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:49 am
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What is different about this workshop compared to similar ones?  The photos you will get because of the beautiful natural vegetation.  I have recently updated the photos on the workshop webpage, and the entire website - the photos tell the story.  I live on a private peninsula (previously owned by my great grandfather) jutting 1.5 miles into northern Lake Huron.  For over 12 years I have pruned trees to reveal excellent perches with great backgrounds in 9 different locations with good lighting conditions.  This peninsula is a northern version of Pt. Peelee, another migrant stopover and fallout location.  I have developed an alarm call system which draws migrant warbler flocks (+ other songbirds) to these perches, and because the perches are part of trees which provide plenty of cover as the birds move closer, they parade in, one after another, to the open perches.  8 species of local breeding birds which are just setting up territories (before nest building) are the guaranteed first arrvivals.  The migrants arrive minutes after - sometimes 50-80 birds at a time.  You have exclusive access to this private peninsula. We also head just off the peninsula and further inland for birds setting up territories.  Plus we have a local Common Loon pairs and Pied-billed Grebes that we can usually easily photograph, as well as other possibilities - Osprey, Ruffed Grouse on Drumming Logs.  And, your motel has a very tame pair of Sandhill Cranes.

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