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Pine Warbler Workshop

  • Southern/Central New Jersey (map)

$150/person

$25 to reserve your spot

  • Length: 3 hours

  • Easy difficulty: Limited hiking mainly on paths, standing shooting.

Pine Warblers, while not the most colorful of the warbler species are still very pretty in their own way. Some males do have quite a bright yellow color to them that can really stand out in the forest. Since they are also a species that is somewhat widespread they can be found in many forests around southern New Jersey. For this workshop we will work on finding them in pretty habitat with some wonderfully textured perches as well as in their namesake pine habitat. They are one of the species that kicks off the spring warbler season and for that reason alone they always stand out in my mind.

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

  • We will be walking along paths on level ground in southern New Jersey. All locations will be not far from the parking areas.

  • Fast moving birds that don’t stay still for very long. Having the ability to quickly find the subject in the frame as well as acquire focus fast is helpful.

  • Lots of seeing the birds up high in the trees and short moment when they come down to eye level for us to photograph them.

  • Learning the calls of the species we are after so you can identify them yourself and find them in the future.

PREPARATION: 

  • Lenses from 300mm to 600mm recommended

  • Monopod or tripod unless you can hand hold your rig. I recommend a monopod for easier and faster movement.

  • It’s getting into tick season so I recommend wearing clothing with insect repellent or I wear clothes sprayed with Permathrin

WHAT I WILL PROVIDE: 

  • 3 hours of wildlife photography instruction tailored for warbler photography in the forest. Seeking out nice perches and clean backgrounds and taking advantage of lighting.

  • Suggestions on compositions and creative ways to photograph these birds.

  • I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding camera settings or techniques.

Earlier Event: March 10
Wood Ducks in Spring
Later Event: April 6
Yellow-throated Warbler Workshop