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Duck and Waterfowl Photography Workshop DuckShop™

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Ring-necked duck on the water © E.J. Peiker

Join our Technical Editor and acclaimed professional nature photographer E.J. Peiker for an exclusive 3-day Phoenix, Arizona DuckShop™. This special bird photography workshop will put you right where you need to be to come home with breathtaking images of ducks, waders, and other waterfowl species at some of the best hot spots in the United States!

In a small group setting with no more than 5 photographers, E.J. will show you one-on-one the same techniques he uses in the field so that you can get the shot.

One of the Best Places for Duck Photography

Phoenix is a popular winter home for many species of waterfowl during which time they will be decked out in their full breeding plumage.

The possible species that you will get to see and photograph include Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Ring-necked, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and many other types of birds.

Northern pintail © E.J. Peiker


The locations in this itinerary for duck photography are only preliminary. The entire area will be thoroughly scouted by E.J. before the workshop to put you in the places where you will get the best photos and the maximum number of species possible.

Day 1

Participants should plan to arrive before 7:00 PM on the first day of the workshop. E.J. will give an evening presentation and discussion covering topics such as photographic lens technique, exposure, lighting, and composition, as well as introducing likely species we will photograph.

Day 2–4

Based on this year’s waterfowl activity, E.J will pick a morning shoot and an afternoon shoot location in order to maximize the group’s exposure to photographable waterfowl and other birds. Exact locations will be determined just prior to the workshop through E.J.’s scouting of the area. Expect to be at the chosen shooting locations by sunrise each morning and to shoot from afternoon to sunset each evening. Exact departure times and locations will be announced during the previous session prior to every shoot.

Pied-billed grebe © E.J. Peiker

“A superb workshop, excellent locations—LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE LOCATION—astonishing variety and an AWESOME leader who was patient, helpful, and an unbelievable fund of birding knowledge as good as his photography. E.J. is the best—he is there to make sure you get it right. At the end of the second day I felt my skill level went up a couple of notches (f-stops!).” –Ramesh K.


  • All in-the-field instruction and any informal classroom/processing instruction.
  • Special presentation the night before the workshop.
  • Transportation during the workshop to and from our host hotel.

Does Not Include

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from the airport. SuperShuttle, Uber, taxis, and rental cars are all available in the area.

Long-billed dowitcher © E.J. Peiker

Traveling to Arizona


Participants should plan to be at the base hotel before 7:00 PM on the first day of the workshop.


This workshop ends on the evening of January 30, 2019. You can depart anytime from 8:30 PM onward on the last day or rest and depart the next morning.

Local Airports

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Website: www.skyharbor.com
Telephone: (602) 273-3300

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is about 35 minutes from our hotel and is serviced by all major air carriers.

Williams Gateway Airport (IWA or AZA)
6033 S. Sossaman Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85212

Website: www.phxmesagateway.org
Telephone: (480) 988-7600

Williams Gateway Airport is very close to the hotel and is serviced by Allegiant Air®.

Western grebe © E.J. Peiker

Where We’re Staying

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Gilbert
3265 South Market Street
Gilbert, Arizona 85297

Website: hamptoninn3.hilton.com
Telephone: (480) 543-1500

If you would like to register for this workshop, please fill out the registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: Jan. 27-30, 2019 SOLD OUT
  • Cost: $1,195
  • Deposit: $250
  • Participants: 5

This duck photography workshop is strictly limited to 5 photographers maximum. Due to its small group size, this workshop cannot accommodate non-shooting companions.


E.J. Peiker

E.J. Peiker

E.J. was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany and moved to Ohio in 1969. He attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and completed graduate studies in Microelectronics and Semiconductor Physics. After working for the Intel Corporation for 27 years, he is now retired from the electronics industry and is a professional freelance photographer. E.J. and has formally studied photography at the University of New Mexico and completed courses from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Continue reading »

I most enjoyed seeing the birds and getting to practice shooting techniques. I took a few thousand shots (10 shots a second produces lots of images) and can see a day-to-day improvement in my images. I learned a lot, had a great time, and came home with some wonderful photos.
Jean E.
Duck and Waterfowl Photography Workshop DuckShop™
I most enjoyed the individualized training one-on-one with E.J. He clearly explained how to get the shot. The workshop quality was excellent with great instruction.
Andy S.
Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix
Great workshop, great birds, great leader, and great company. Thank you!
Matthew F.
Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix