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Osprey Photography Workshop at Blue Cypress Lake

Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Nikhil Bahl
Photography Workshop with Nikhil Bahl
8 people maximum
4 days
During this osprey photography workshop you will capture images of birds up-close, in-flight, and eye-level, as well as gorgeous environmental shots of Blue Cypress Lake.

Trip Highlights

  • Workshop dates coincide with peak chick brooding and nesting season.
  • Learn secrets for taking control of an active situation and photographing birds in action.
  • Strict limit of 4 photographers per boat so you can photograph in comfort with ample space for gear.
  • Nikhil will actively teach you new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere.
  • Expert boat captains will position you for the best shots.
  • Daily sunrise and sunset sessions on the lake.
  • Daily midday classroom sessions offering constructive feedback before returning to the field.
  • One afternoon will be dedicated to post-processing tips and tricks.

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • April 14–17, 2019 (3 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

Price from $1,595
Full details

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

Osprey nest closeup © Nikhil Bahl

Visit Florida’s “Treasure Coast”

Blue Cypress Lake near Vero Beach is part of Florida’s “Treasure Coast” on the eastern shore. Surrounded by drapes of Spanish moss and lined with cypress trees that glow blue in morning light, Blue Cypress Lake is home to over 240 pairs of nesting osprey. Every year at this peaceful location, busy pairs of osprey build their nests among towering cypress trees that overlook the water.

During this osprey photography workshop you will capture images of birds up-close, in-flight, and eye-level, as well as gorgeous environmental shots of the lake. You will also be treated to early morning sunrises and late evening sunsets on the lake, which are a wonderful setting for Florida bird photography.

Blue Cypress Lake photography © Nikhil Bahl

Florida Bird Photography on Blue Cypress Lake

The Best Location and Time for an Osprey Photography Workshop

Spanning more than 6,500 acres, Blue Cypress Lake is a massive territory for osprey and other wildlife. An adjacent canal system with shallow waters nearby ensure a reliable and plentiful food supply for osprey throughout the season. Osprey actively nesting, chick brooding and feeding, and flying in and out of nests at close range are all guaranteed.

We have reserved two exclusive 3 hour boat tours daily for Blue Cypress Lake photography. The dates of this osprey photography workshop are scheduled for the most coveted dates of peak chick brooding and nesting season. Planning in advance gives you up close access to photograph osprey during peak seasonal action.

What You’ll Learn

Nikhil will share the secrets of taking control of an active situation and how to best capture these magnificent birds in all their glory.

There will be a strict limit of 4 photographers per boat so you can photograph in comfort with ample space for your gear. Nikhil will spend equal time with all workshop participants, actively teaching you new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere you go.

“The opportunities to improve my photographic skills in the field were nothing short of mind-boggling. This workshop had everything I could have wished for and more: expert leadership, an experienced boatman, excellent trip companions, and stunning sightings and weather.”

Martha M.

Licensed Boat Captains Get You Where You Need to Be

During this osprey photography workshop you will be photographing from stable, modified pontoon boats with licensed captains who know the lake intimately. Our expert captains will position our group right where we need to be to create fantastic action shots.

Osprey in flight and blue sky © Nikhil Bahl

Itinerary

Enjoy 3 full days of action packed bird photography on Blue Cypress Lake.

Day 1, April 14, 2019

During our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on photographing osprey at the Country Inn & Suites. From the ideal settings for capturing action to composition considerations for landscape photography on the lake, Nikhil will prepare you for the variety of opportunities you will encounter during the workshop. Nikhil will also go over logistics and the schedule for the following 3 days.

Day 2–4, April 15–17, 2019
Blue Cypress Lake Photography

All scheduled boat excursions are dependent on the weather. Other activities will be scheduled in case of inclement weather conditions.

Morning Sunrise Session

Each morning we will be on the lake to photograph pretty sunrises on the water and osprey in flight and on nests. We will enjoy up to 3 hours in our boats on the lake, depending on the weather and lighting conditions.

Midday Classroom Session

After our morning sunrise session we will take a break for lunch. After lunch we will meet back at our hotel for image review sessions. This is your chance to get feedback on your images made during the workshop. The feedback sessions will be constructive and help you make the necessary adjustments for some of the repetitive opportunities. One afternoon will be dedicated to a post-processing session where Nikhil will share tips and tricks to make your photos look their best.

Evening Sunset Session

In the evening we’ll enjoy the glowing light on the water for our Blue Cypress Lake photography sunset session.

Osprey landing on nest © Nikhil Bahl

Includes

  • All in the field instruction from workshop leader Nikhil Bahl.
  • Classroom presentations.
  • Friendly, personal image critiques.
  • Boat charter with driver/guide who knows the lake intimately.
  • Discounted lodging has been arranged; confirmations will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit.
  • Hotel breakfast if staying at Country Inn & Suites.

Does Not Include

  • Lodging
  • Meals; hotel breakfast is included if staying at Country Inn & Suites.
  • Transportation throughout; we’ll encourage carpooling as the boat launch site is a 30 minute drive from the hotel.

Osprey photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl

Dates and Cost

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • April 14–17, 2019 (3 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $1,595
  • Deposit: $750

Trip Details

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • April 14–17, 2019 (3 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $1,595
  • Deposit: $750

Travel Ratings

Easy Activity
Intermediate Photographers
Based on Land, Lake
Non-Photographers: No

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Leaders and Guides

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C....Continue reading

Photo Gallery

Osprey photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey nest silhouette © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake sunset black and white © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake photography © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake sunrise in Florida © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey pair on treetop © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey flying by © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey nesting pair in Florida © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey landing on nest © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey flight front light © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey flies towards © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey Florida portrait © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey takeoff © Nikhil Bahl
Florida osprey on blue sky © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey nest closeup © Nikhil Bahl
Pair of ospreys perched © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey on cypress tree black and white Florida © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey flight portrait in clouds © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey wingspan in flight with blue sky © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey cypress tree profile © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey on top of cypress tree in Florida © Nikhil Bahl
Cypress tree and osprey on lake © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake shoreline © Nikhil Bahl
Double-crested cormorant © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake in Florida © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey clutching fish in flight © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey pair perched on branch © Nikhil Bahl
Cypress trees on lake © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey at nest © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Lake trees © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey perched on cypress tree © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey flight portrait © Nikhil Bahl
Osprey pair in flight © Nikhil Bahl
Blue Cypress Tree on water © Nikhil Bahl

Registration

To register for this trip fill out and submit your registration form. A non-refundable deposit (above) is required to reserve your spot. See the About Our Trips page for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

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