2019-2020 Tour Schedule

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 Larry Ditto Nature Photography

Instructional Nature Photo Tours 2019-2020 Schedule at a Glance
Roseate Spoonbill with nest material.
Roseate Spoonbill with nest material.
To register for an IPT or Workshop, email me at: lditto@larryditto.com and declare the specific activity you want to attend.  I’ll get you signed up.
Whooping Cranes, Rockport, Texas
Saturday – Monday, January 18-20, 2020
whooping cranes, pelicans, American oystercatchers, and various other water birds.
Galveston FeatherFest:  Pre-festival Colonial Bird Rookery Photo Trip at Rockport, Texas
Dates to be posted by December 1 on the FeatherFest.com website. Our trip will be on  April 14-15, 2020
Photograph Great Blue Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, Reddish Egrets and various other colonial nesters from the deck of a large boat.
 Block Creek Natural Area, Comfort, Texas
April 22-25 (Wed PM -Sat AM), 2020
Anticipate seeing birds like painted buntings, vermilion flycatcher, eastern bluebird, lots of hummingbirds and more.
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration Pre-festival Hummingbird Photography – mid to late August, 2020 
Dates to be posted by January 
Photography at hummingbird feeders with natural light and with one or two sets of high speed flash setups.   
* All tours are subject to change. Please check here and in the Newsletter for the latest information. Details will be e-mailed to participants approximately 30 days before tour.
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Photo Tour details below!  

  Whooping Cranes, Rockport, Texas  

Saturday – Monday, January 18-20, 2020

1 Vacancy Remaining

whooper takeoff
whooper takeoff
 Photograph endangered Whooping Cranes from a charter boat with an experienced captain/guide. Our boat is flat-bottomed (ideal for tripods) and can get you in close for those eye level photos. When the birds are feeding close to the waterway, our captain will maneuver the boat to the best photo position without disturbing the 5′ tall birds. In most years, we also get excellent chances at American oystercatcher, brown pelican, osprey and other birds. We photograph the cranes in the morning, then work birds and harbor scenes in the Rockport-Fulton area during the afternoon.
Peregrine Falcon in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge marsh.
Peregrine Falcon in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge marsh.
Capacity: 5 photographers (minimum 3)
 DEPOSIT: $200 due upon registration. Balance due 30 days before photo tour.
Rates: $600 per photographer plus approximately $300/photographer ($100/day) for your share of boat and guide expense on each of three mornings when tour is full. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation, lodging, meals and park entry fees.  If we have less than 5  photographers, the registrants must split equally the $500/day boat rental.
I will stay at the La Quinta Hotel or Hampton Inn, but there is a variety of options.  All are close enough for us to easily reach restaurants and our boat marina as a convoy.
Brown Pelican landing on perch
Brown Pelican landing on perch
Fulton Harbor at sunset
Fulton Harbor at sunset
Whooping Crane family in flight
Whooping Crane family in flight

Contact me to register at: lditto@larryditto.com or 956-330-2114 


FeatherFest.com: Colonial Bird Rookery Photo Tour

Rockport, Texas, Tuesday & Wednesday (April 14-15, 2020).  Register through FeatherFest.com.  Their website will be open around December 1, 2019.

Roseate Spoonbill landing
This is a pre-FeatherFest photography tour to photograph colonial nesting birds from a chartered boat with an experienced captain and a professional photo guide.  We will be on the boat both mornings from dawn until near mid-day.  Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons and several other species nest at our photo site, so we anticipate excellent opportunities for flying and perched subjects within range of most telephoto lenses (400 mm or larger lenses will provide best results).
On Tuesday afternoon, we will visit other Rockport area locations to search for other photo opportunities that could include various nesting and migrating birds and landscapes at the harbor and nearby fishing piers.
This one fills quickly, so sign up as soon as possible. 
Limit: 5 photographers
FeatherFest Directors will set fees by December, 2019
Contact me by email: lditto@larryditto.com before registering to get details on our schedule, equipment needs, etc.
Great Egret displaying at nest, Aransas Bay, Texas

*** Register at www.FeatherFest.com after December 1.  Registration, boat rental and photo guide fees will be included in the package price.

Block Creek Natural Area, Comfort, Texas  – April 22-25, 2020 
Screech Owls on oak limb
Screech Owls on oak limb
 Photograph birds and landscapes for 3 days (2 half days and 2 full days) at the beautiful Block Creek Natural Area.   Accommodations are on the area at the home and cottages of Sharron and Larry Jay.  First rate photography blinds are near the headquarters and feature a colorful variety of Texas hill country birds.  Painted bunting, vermilion flycatcher, eastern bluebird, summer tanager, and black-chinned hummingbird are often seen.  A number of landscape opportunities will be available along Block Creek and in the vicinity of the natural area. *One morning will be spent photographing hawks and owls presented by Last Chance Forever bird rescue team.
Black-chinned Hummingbird pair feeding at thistle
Black-chinned Hummingbird pair feeding at thistle
 I will prepare my hummingbird setup to allow the photographers to work with high-speed flash to capture “wing-freezing” shots of black-chinned hummingbirds feeding at flowers.
Blue Grosbeak male perched in sycamore tree
Blue Grosbeak male perched in sycamore tree
Cost:  $475/day/person (includes the workshop, lodging, meals, ranch and photo blind access for three days) .  If  Last Chance Forever raptor photography photo session is available, there will be an additional one time $50 charge.   We will have access to a meeting room with projector, as well.  Room and board outside the natural area is too far to be practical.  Plan to arrive at 3:00 PM the afternoon of the 24.   I’ll get you in a photo blind and then we will have a great supper with the group.  This will allow time for orientation and getting acquainted.  Departure is by 11:00 AM on the forth day of the tour after breakfast and some early morning photography.
Capacity: 5 photographers
A $200 deposit is due upon registration.  The balance ($1275) is due by March 15.
Questions about the natural area may be answered on the area’s web site at www.blockcreeknaturalarea.com.
Block Creek after spring rain
Block Creek after spring rain
To register, contact me at: lditto@larryditto.com or 956-330-2114
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival Pre-Festival Photo Tour   (the mid-late August, 2020 date will be posted by December) 
Lucifer Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird at multi-flash setup.
 *Limited to 8 photographers
Email me to get registered and I’ll send you more details and directions.  Also, more info is available at www.fortdavis.com.
$925 total for expert instruction, access to high speed flash setup.
Photographers provide their own rooms, meals and transportation.
Equipment required: digital camera with medium to large autofocus telephoto lens (no pocket cameras or cameras with fixed lenses), tripod with ball or gimbal type head, your own flash or a pop-up  flash.
Contact me at lditto@larryditto.com to register.  I’ll send you a better description of the photography,  directions on how to make your room reservations, and maps or directions to the sites.
Rufous Hummingbird male in flight