WHOOPING CRANE Photo Tour ~ 2015

January 24 & 25, 2015
ROCKPORT, TEXAS - ARANASAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Whooping Crane in the Texas Gulf, by Jeff Parker

My Whooping Crane Photo Tour is always a popular event and sells out every year. This January 2015 we’ll once again focus our lenses on the Whooping Cranes of Aranasas. If you’re interested, I suggest that you sign up early! I have room for five (5) photographers to join me as we watch and photograph the cranes at their most active, feasting upon the Gulf-Coast bounty.

The Whooping Crane Photo Tour 2015 is designed to capture vivid images of endangered Whooping Cranes descended from nature’s last wild flock. We’ll spend two full days photographing the birds during boat-based shoots.

Watch the behavior of these unique birds in their wintering habitat along Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Observe juveniles interacting with their parents. Wonder at the birds’ size and elegant gawkiness (these are North America’s tallest birds). Enjoy listening to the unique sound of their trumpeting calls. Photograph them pulling blue crabs up from estuary mud. Whooping Crane and Blue Crab, Aransas NWR, Texas

We will have multiple opportunities to take a variety of photographs of and learn about this amazing species along the way. Kevin Sims, captain of Jack Flash, does an amazing job of getting us up-close and personal with the birds (without disturbing them).

Expect also to see and learn about plenty of other estuary-loving birds, including: Brown & White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Ibis, American Oystercatchers, Forster’s Terns, Black Skimmers, and more.

Jack Flash is set-up with the special needs of wildlife photographers in mind. Captain Sims carefully respects the birds yet knows how to get us perfectly positioned for awesome shots. Focus creatively on these magnificent animals from myriad angles. Jack Flash has a small enclosed cabin so you can take a breather out of the weather if need be. Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons the fun continues after our boat-based shoots with photo excursions in and around Rockport. In the afternoons we’ll focus our lenses on shrimp boats, Brown Pelicans, and shorebirds.Brown Pelican, by Jeff Parker

The boat leaves from the Rockport area about ½ hour before sunrise both days of our tour so you’ll want to stay in Rockport for the weekend. (See info below about lodging -—- not included in the tour.)

JEFF PARKER’S WHOOPING CRANE PHOTO TOUR INCLUDES:

TWO EXTENSIVE BOAT-BASED PHOTO SHOOTS and TWO AFTERNOON PHOTO SHOOTS IN & AROUND ROCKPORT:

DAY 1: SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015:

Spend a day with professional wildlife photographer and Corpus Christi Certified Wildlife Guide, Jeff Parker, and Captain Kevin Sims aboard the Jack Flash focusing your lens (or lenses!) on endangered Whooping Cranes. Boat leaves approx. ½ hour before sunrise. Enjoy an afternoon photo shoot in and around Rockport taking images of shrimp boats, the marina, Brown Pelicans, wading birds, gulls (there are typically five kinds of gulls here this time of year), and more.

DAY 2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015:

Spend another great day with Jeff aboard the Jack Flash capturing more great photos of Whooping Cranes and the other abundant bird life of the Texas Gulf Coast including: Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Egrets, Whistling Ducks, Brown & White Pelicans, Brown Pelican, by Jeff ParkerGreat Blue Herons, American Oystercatchers, Forster’s Terns, Black Skimmers, and more. Boat leaves approx. ½ hour before sunrise. Then, enjoy a second afternoon photographing in and around Rockport.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Meals, lodging, or transportation to and from workshop are NOT included in the price. We’ll depend on car-pooling for our afternoon photo excursions in and around Rockport.

Lodging Assistance:

When you join us for Jeff’s Texas Whooping Crane Photo Tour, we recommend you stay in Rockport. Large chains such as Hampton Inn, Super 8, and Econolodge have hotels in Rockport. In addition, here are some other suggestions (we DO NOT endorse any of these in particular; we’re merely providing this list as a convenience to you):

*Check out this site for some great suggestions: http://www.rockport-texas.com/hotel-motel.html

* Surfside Inn Suites

* Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay

* Crane House Retreat They book up extremely quickly so if you’re interested in this lodging I suggest you book it ASAP!

DATES: Saturday, January 24th & Sunday, January 25th, 2015
PRICE: $579
SPACE FOR: Five (5) ~ Space left for FOUR (4)

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