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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.

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    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

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      Trip Details

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        Cost Per Person (USD)

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        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

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