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Louisiana Waterthrush Workshop

  • South Eastern Pennsylvania (map)
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$25 deposit to reserve your spot

  • Length: 3 hours

  • Medium Difficulty: Laying in one spot prone for long periods of time, a short hike on well groomed paths.

The Louisiana Waterthrush is one of the more unique warblers because of its habitat. It spends its time along small moving streams and feeds on insects that inhabit the same area. They are often found picking along the shoreline and on rocks in the water looking for aquatic creatures to eat as well. This makes for a very unique photo setting for these not so colorful warblers. The rocks are great for texture and having the added bonus of moving water around them can make for some really special photos.


  • We will be laying along the banks of a small stream and not moving much.

  • This species tends to move around a lot in search of food, like most warblers so being able to get the bird in the frame quickly is helpful.

  • Lots of seeing the birds up high in the trees and times when it comes down to feed along the stream and rocks. That is when we will be photographing it.

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


  • Lenses from 300mm to 600mm recommended

  • Ground pod unless you can hand hold your rig. If you prefer to shoot from a tripod that is fine, you will however want to lay it out flat so it is as low as possible.

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


  • 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.

  • I will be wearing waders and will set some nice looking branches between some of the rocks to create bridges for the bird to walk on, sometimes it will walk or land on these branches.

  • 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: January 26
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Later Event: April 28
Northern Parula Workshop